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Orlando Pirates XI vs SuperSport United: Maela and Lorch dropped, Eva Nga starts

1:12 am AEST 22/8/22
Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates, August 2022
The Sea Robbers are on duty once more and will be eager to pick up yet another three points after their Wednesday victory

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has revealed his starting XI to face SuperSport United on Sunday at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The match against Matsatsantsa comes after their slim midweek 1-0 victory over Royal AM.

They are looking for their third win of the season and a trip to Pretoria is expected to not be an easy one as limping SuperSport will be keen to fight and get their first win of the campaign.

How Bucs are lining up:

  • Richard Ofori of Orlando Pirates.

    Richard Ofori

    The Ghanaian custodian has edged Siyabonga Mpontshane to the bench again.

    Will he grab the chance and register his third clean sheet of the season?

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.

    Thabiso Monyane

    Monyane has been retained at right-back but his positioning means he has been put in a flexible position so that he can also play in the advanced position when the situation demands it.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    Deon Hotto

    The Namibian, as has been the case before, will operate at left-back.

    As a natural winger, he is expected to add numbers upfront when the Buccaneers are attacking.

  • Tapelo Xoki Orlando Pirates

    Tapelo Xoki

    The new signing has been brought in place of Innocent Maela and will operate on the left of a three-man defensive system.

    Given that Hotto could spend a lot of time upfront, Xoki is also expected to cover the left-back position to avoid a situation where the opponents will exploit the vacuum there.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Nkosinathi Sibisi

    A solid performer, Sibisi has been given another start as he continues to cement his place at the heart of the Pirates defence.

  • Olisa Ndah of Orlando Pirates.

    Olisa Ndah

    The Nigerian once again operates to the left of Sibisi as the Sea Robbers target a second consecutive victory.

  • Sihle Nduli Stellenbosch Goodman Mosele orlando Pirates

    Goodman Mosele

    At the centre of the midfield, Mosele has always performed well regardless of who he is paired with.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    Miguel Timm

    The 30-year-old star has kept his first team slot as Thabang Monare, whom he replaced in the starting XI for the Royal AM showdown, is missing completely from the matchday squad.

  • Vincent Pule Orlando Pirates.

    Vincent Pule

    He was introduced in the second half against Royal AM and was lively in the few minutes he was on the pitch.

    He will do duty as a left-forward as Thembinkosi Lorch is benched.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    Kabelo Dlamini

    After he played for close to an hour against Royal AM and got yellow-carded, Dlamini has been trusted to operate as one of the three attackers for the away side.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates & Yagan Sasman, Swallows FC, August 2022

    Bienvenu Eva Nga

    He makes another start ahead of Kwame Peprah, who is not even on the bench.

    After failing to find the back of the net in two games, he has been handed an opportunity to try and break the goalless run and ease the mounting pressure.