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Remember these Matches
Soccer City quickly earned the title ‘The home of soccer’ after it opened just over 20 years ago, and to this day remains Mzansi’s foremost soccer venue. The stadium is used for most international and PSL (Premier Soccer League) games, matches featuring the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, as well as the massive local rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Both these teams are from Soweto but they’ve got a huge national following, and every time they’re up against each other the whole country is electrified, as is Soccer City. Sounds of Vuvuzela’s, hooters, beating drums and ululations can be heard everywhere, and supporters often paint their faces in the colours of their teams – black and gold for Kaizer Chiefs “Amakhosi” supporters; black and white for Orlando Pirates “Buccaneers” fans. They play each other in the Soweto Derby at Soccer City in what has become the most exciting event on South Africa’s soccer calendar.
Here are some other memorable Soccer City matches:
- Number one on most fans’ list would be when South Africa beat Tunisia 2–0 to win the 1996 African Cup of Nations. Prior to 1994, South Africa had been expelled from the Confederations of African Football and FIFA for 30 years because of Apartheid. So the ’96 African Cup of Nations marked one of the first important matches the nation was allowed to participate in. And when Bafana Bafana defeated Tunisia in the final match, with Mark Williams scoring both goals just two minutes apart, it was indeed a positive and unifying moment for South Africa.
- Another noteworthy Soccer City game was when Bafana Bafana beat Congo 1-0 in 1997, and as a result South Africa qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time. Philemon “Chippa” Masinga scored the goal on a ball deflected by the famous Kaizer Chiefs player Doctor Khumalo.
Not all matches played at the stadium were events to be proud of. In 2005, the nation looked on in horror as Kaizer Chiefs supporters ripped out thousands of stadium chairs and used them as missiles, and some fans even set fire to the seats, after the team was defeated by Bloemfontein Celtic.