FNB Stadium Events director Humphrey Tlhobelo shares an update on the state of readiness for Saturday's soccer match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chief - The much anticipated Soweto Derby.
He says everything is ready for the most anticipated game in South Africa which will be held at the FNB stadium.
Everything is ready from the stadium side, the city components and the South African police...— Humphrey Tlhobelo, Events Director
The biggest challenge remains that of people coming late to the stadiums and potentially causing a stampede, says Tlhope.
Last year, two fans died and 15 were injured in a stampede outside the gates. The alleged cause of the stampede was people trying to sell or present fake tickets at the gate.
To avoid fans buying fake tickets, tickets can now only be bought at Computicket and not at the gate, Tlhobelo says.
There are currently about 4140 tickets left.
The gates open at 11 am and kick off is at 15h30 so people have ample time to arrive at the stadium but you find people arriving an hour just before kick-off and that impacts on everybody.— Humphrey Tlhobelo, Events Director
The event is categorised as high-risk. It means it's been run by the high commissioner. Every component of the South African Police will be involved, JMPD will be there to close the roads as well as the emergency services.— Humphrey Tlhobelo, Events Director
EWN sports reporter Philasande Sixaba gave an analysis of the upcoming match looking at the stage the two teams currently occupy on the log.
It's quite congested at the top of the table. Pirates is on second place with 36 points and Kaizer Chiefs is third with 35 points. It's almost like winner takes all kind of situation ...— Philasande Sixaba, EWN sports reporter
The derby is mostly dominated by Kaizer Chiefs with 67 wins and Pirates has 38 wins in the history of the derby and we have seen a lot of draws... They have drew 52 times.— Philasande Sixaba, EWN sports reporter
To hear the rest of the conversation on the Soweto Derby, listen below: