Orlando Pirates midfielder Miguel Timm has opened up on missing the Soweto derby as his side fell against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership fixture over the weekend.
Chiefs defeated Pirates 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon to leapfrog the Buccaneers in the DStv Premiership table ahead of an upcoming break due to the World Cup.
Timm was ruled out of the fixture through suspension and opened up on not being a part of the historic clash.
“Of course, you want to play in it [the Soweto derby], everyone wants to be involved but I know myself, I’m a team player,” Timm told KickOff
“[On the last yellow card] I’ll always protect my teammates as a bigger brother, so I’m never going to stop that [being protective]. Getting cautioned, well…it’s part of the game and I’m confident in all my teammates.
Saturday’s clash was just the second match the midfielder missed for the Buccaneers so far this campaign, having appeared 14 times in Pirates’ 16 fixtures.
“We knew Timm was out. Timm has given Pirates very good balance in the midfield because he can fight for every ball, he can also play,” Zwane said while reflecting on the Soweto Derby win.
Alongside TS Galaxy, Pirates boast the joint-second least number of goals conceded this season at seven goals. Only Richards Bay has a better defensive record with just six goals conceded after 13 outings.
Timm is back in contention to start when Buccaneers lock horns against AmaZulu in the final of the 2022 MTN8 to be played on 5 November 2022 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.