I have always wanted to be part of #SOWETODERY

The much-anticipated Absa Premiership match is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 27 October 2018. The venue for the mouthwatering clash is at the iconic FNB Stadium and kick-off is at 15:30.

“Derbies are something special, they are about pride and about bragging rights. There is a lot at stake. It’s about two teams coming from the same town or area and who wants to dominate. I have been involved in a few derbies in the past. For example, the Tshwane derby between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns. Before the match, I could immediately see in the dressing what was at stake, just by looking at my teammates who had been previously involved in that derby. I saw the attitude on their faces – the guys really wanted to come tops to have that bragging right of being the best. We won.

I lost, however, the Cape Town derby between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City. That was tough. Of course, nothing is bigger than the Soweto Derby. From a young age, I watched the matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. “One day I want to be part of this,” I always thought when watching.

To be part of the Soweto Derby is what all payers want. It’s the summum, because the whole country comes to a standstill during that game. Of course, I don’t know if I will play, sit on the bench or be in the stands come Saturday – it doesn’t matter, just to be part of the Soweto Derby will be something amazing. Those are the moments every South African footballer lives for. It’s is like playing for a cup trophy, it’s something incredible and I will cherish it. For sure, we all want to win. In the end it’s all about the team, so it doesn’t matter really in what way I will be involved on Saturday. I want to contribute to the team in whatever role. I can’t wait for the Soweto Derby to kick off, it will be a memorable moment!” said Mario Booysen

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