Football Tsunami Coming to Alex’s

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The community of Alexandra has been warned to prepare for a football tsunami sweeping through the township on the weekend of April 2.

The tsunami takes the form of a derby match between the township’s two top SAB League teams, Black Poison and Malandela Mighty Heroes, which is now the fiercest local football rivalry in the township’s modern football history. iconic.

Black Poison have been atop the league apex for four months and they currently have a three-point advantage against Malandela, a team that attracts a huge following in the township and are affectionately referred to as ‘AmaKhosi’. ‘ from Alexandra.

Black Poison coaching duo Wiseman ‘Pepe’ Nkabini and Andrew Matjila say they are ready for the Malandela assault. Photo: Sipho Siso

Black Poison, who are in their third league season while Malandela could be in their sixth year, unwittingly took the place of the Buccaneers in this derby.

It’s not just the league that’s at stake between the hometown Buccaneers and AmaKhosi, but like the Soweto derby, bragging rights are at stake. Malandela holds the upper hand with an unbeaten record in the derby since three years which does not include a draw.

The hometown Buccaneers have yet to overcome the AmaKhosi and the coaching duo of Black Poison, Andrew Matjila and Wiseman ‘Pepe’ Nkabini believe now is the time for them given the stakes of this encounter of April 2.

“They have consistently beaten us in derbies for the past three seasons and this final derby of three seasons should surely be ours to relish. At some point, says the law of nature, something has to give,” Matjila said.

Matjila also conceded that they were up against an astute reader of the game, Malandela coach Vincent ‘Young Master’ Rammoni, also known in local football circles as ‘Pep Guardiola’ after the Manchester City manager.

Malandela’s shrewd coach Vincent ‘Young Master’ Rammoni (far right) gives sideline instructions to his players. Photo: Zanele Siso/Zanephoto

Most of ‘Pep Guardiola”s wins have been from behind and always perpetrated by second-half substitutes, proving he’s a shrewd coach who reads the game very well and makes substitutions appropriate who deliver the goods.

Rammoni has admitted that a derby game knows neither form nor history. “We may have beaten them in all the derbies for the last three seasons, who knows, maybe this time this derby is theirs,” he said.


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