Two days a year when the country, when family, colleagues, friends are divided by colour. Days when you choose your allegiance to black and gold or black and white. Days that dawn on the Soweto Derby.
It’s a day when all over South Africa people identify themselves as Pirates or Chiefs.
On the field teams battle for victory and bragging rights. But it’s more than that. It’s about the stands awash with colour. It’s about the noise and the carnival and the riot of costumes. It’s about the dislike between the teams and the lack of aggression and creativity of the fans.
The Soweto Derby is one of the biggest, most passionately supported football derbies in the world. The quality of the football may wax and wane, but it remains one of the few games where there remains no need for opposition fans to be separated.
It’s a party, a safe place for parents to share their passion and creed. The derby is where grown men cry and celebrations are uninhibited.