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Orlando Pirates starting XI vs Mamelodi Sundowns in Carling Black Label Cup final: Eva Nga and Mthethwa start

2:31 PM GMT 12/11/2022
Bienvenu Eva Nga, Orlando Pirates, August 2022
After beating Masandawana in the MTN8 semi-final, Bucs have another chance to shine over their league rivals

Head coach Jose Riveiro has named Orlando Pirates' starting XI to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Carling Black Label Cup final on Saturday.

Pirates saw off Kaizer Chiefs and advanced to the final after a 6-5 penalty shootout win at the FNB Stadium. The match had ended in a goalless draw at regulation time.

How Bucs line up against Sundowns:

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates

    Siyabonga Mpontshane

    Mpontshane was involved in the semi-final against Chiefs and has been maintained for the game against Masandawana.

  • Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City.

    Paseka Mako

    The fullback was involved in the semi too and keeps his place at left-back.

  • Sandile Mthethwa Orlando Pirates

    Sandile Mthethwa

    Mthethwa played at the heart of defense and helped the Sea Robbers keep a clean sheet against their Soweto arch-rivals.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    Tapelo Xoki

    Alongside Mthethwa, Xoki was able to keep the Chiefs’ attackers at bay at the penultimate stage.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Ben Motshwari

    Motshwari has been trusted with a place deep in midfield as the MTN8 winners face the PSL defending champions.

  • Miguel Timm, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    Miguel Timm

    Timm played alongside Motshwari in the middle of the pack and has been retained for the same roles against the Brazilians.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Kabelo Dlamini

    Dlamini wrestles back his position in the starting XI and will operate in the right wing.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Deon Hotto

    Riveiro has given the Namibian a start and will take care of the left wing.

  • Ntsako Makhubela of Orlando Pirates.

    Ntsako Makhubela

    Makhubela, a product of the Pirates' youth structures, has been deployed as an attacking against the Pretoria-based side.

  • Vincent Pule Orlando Pirates.

    Vincent Pule

    Pule was on the bench in the semi-final but will now enjoy a starting role.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Luke Fleurs of Supersport United, August 2022

    Bienvenu Eva Nga

    Although he has struggled for goals in the PSL, a goal this evening will go a long way toward boosting his confidence.