Caf Confederation Cup: Orlando Pirates XI vs Royal Leopards - Peprah returns, Makaringe dropped

Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates celebrate
The Sea Robbers are hunting for their second Group B win after registering the first one against JS Saoura of Algeria

Orlando Pirates' starting XI to face eSwatini champions Royal Leopards in a Caf Confederation Cup game at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday has been named.

  1. Siyabonga Mpontshane

    Siyabonga Mpontshane

    Although he came under online fire following the 3-2 loss to Al-Ittihad, the 35-year-old custodian has kept his starting slot for the Leopards challenge.

  2. Bandile Shandu

    Bandile Shandu

    After scoring Pirates' two goals against their last group opponents, Bandu should go into this game with a boosted morale as he starts at right-back.

  3. Paseka Mako

    Paseka Mako

    Once more, Mako has been preferred for the left-back duties ahead of Innocent Maela, who is on the bench.

  4. Happy Jele

    Happy Jele

    As Orlando Pirates look for vital points that will possibly keep them atop Gropu B, Jele is expected to play a vital role as a captain and as a defender as they face the rivals on South African soil.

  5. Olisa Ndah

    Olisa Ndah

    The Nigerian partners Jele once more at the centre of the defence as Bucs hope to register another win in the group.

  6. Thabang Monare

    Thabang Monare

    Monare returns to the starting lineup as Ben Motshwari - who was yellow-carded and did not play the entire game in the Al-Ittihad gruelling duel - drops to the bench.

  7. Goodman Mosele

    Goodman Mosele

    The 22-year-old has been a regular starter for the Soweto giants, and a start means he has been given another opportunity to further try and cement his place as an undisputable first-teamer.

  8. Kabelo Dlamini

    Kabelo Dlamini

    The 25-year-old attacking midfielder replaces Fortune Makaringe who features among the substitutes in the matchday squad.

  9. Deon Hotto

    Deon Hotto

    Being one of the senior members of the team, the Namibian - Pirates' top scorer in all competitions with five goals - is expected to play a key role as they fight to rise from the last defeat at the hands of the Libyan giants.

  10. Thembinkosi Lorch

    Thembinkosi Lorch

    Lorch received a yellow card in the 32nd minute during their last continental engagement but now has to use his experience to ensure they get a positive outcome in Mpumalanga province.

  11. Kwame Peprah

    Kwame Peprah

    Although he has been struggling for goals lately, Peprah regains his slot in the starting XI as Zakhele Lepasa - who started in the Al-Ittihad game - and Frank Mhango are benched.