South African soccer legend Jomo Sono believes the rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has lost the intensity that made Soweto derbies such a spectacle in years gone by.
Speaking to the Star newspaper on Wednesday, the Black Prince said that in his day a player prepared for war in the days leading up to the big game.
I was an Orlando-born player, said Sono. It meant so much...Chiefs and Pirates hated each other ... If we lost I wouldn't walk in Soweto.
If we lost to Chiefs, I'd go to Giyani or Nelspruit. The fans wouldn't care if they got relegated, as long as they beat Chiefs that season.
Sono also said the fiercest rivalry in local soccer has now lost its edge due to both clubs worrying more about league points and corporate sponsorships.
Chiefs and Pirates have become partners in a lot of things, he is quoted to have said.
Times have changed, they're doing everything together. It doesn't feel like the derby any more.
Now if Chiefs or Pirates play Cosmos, they'll gang up together against Cosmos. I hope the old rivalry can be brought back, it really makes the games more interesting, he added.