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Orlando Pirates XI to face LPRC Oilers - Mabasa returns, Makgaka dropped

9:23 PM IST 28/11/21
Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates, September 2021
The Buccaneers will take on the Liberian club in the play-off round first-leg match at Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday.

Bucs' co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Faldu Davids have announced Bucs' starting line-up.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The veteran shot-stopper has done relatively well in the absence of Pirates' first-choice keeper Richard Ofori, who is out injured. 

    Mpontshane will be oozing with confidence after keeping his fourth clean sheet of the season in the PSL when Bucs thrashed Stellenbosch FC 3-0 on Wednesday.

  • Kwanda Mngonyama, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    RIGHT-BACK - Kwanda Mngonyama

    The lanky defender came on for Bandile Shandu as a substitute against Stellies after the latter had picked up an injury.

    Mngonyama has replaced Shandu in the starting line-up having already started Bucs' two Confederation Cup games against Congo-Brazzaville's Diables Noirs in October this year.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    LEFT-BACK -Paseka Mako

    The diminutive full-back has been one of Pirates' best players this season.

    Mako keeps his place in the team despite Innocent Maela's return from injury.

  • Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Abel Mabaso

    The versatile player missed the game against Stellenbosch FC and has operated as a right-back, centre back and midfielder this season.

    Mabaso replaces Olisa Ndah in the starting line-up with the Nigerian defender not part of the Bucs squad registered with Caf.

    Happy Jele is still injured, while Thulani Hlatshwayo has fallen out of favour.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The 31-year-old defender has brought leadership and experience to the Bucs defence which has seen the team keep clean sheets against Golden Arrows and Stellenbosch.

    Nyauza, who has been captaining the team in the absence of Jele and Hlatshwayo, will be looking to lead Pirates to a win in Liberia.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates & Sabelo Radebe, Kaizer Chiefs, August 1

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ben Motshwari

    The Bafana international marked his return to the Bucs starting line-up with a great performance against Stellies.

    Motshwari will be looking to dominate the midfield battle and put the Buccaneers in a position to win the game.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makringe

    The skilful midfielder keeps his place in the starting line-up despite having struggled for form in recent weeks.

    Makaringe gets the nod ahead of Thabang Monare.

  • Terrence Dzvukamanja, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Terrence Dzvukamanja

    The Zimbabwe international makes his return to the team after being benched against Stellenbosch.

    Dzvukamanja surprisingly starts ahead of Collins Makgaka, who was impressive in midweek.

  • Linda Mntambo, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    RIGHT FORWARD - Linda Mntambo

    The former Chippa United playmaker was dropped from the Bucs starting line-up ahead of the clash with Stellies.

    Mntambo could be key to a Pirates win over the Oilers.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The Buccaneers will pin their hopes of defeating the Oilers on the Namibia international.

    Hotto inspired the Soweto giants to a 3-0 win over Stellies by scoring a brace and he will be keen to replicate the same form in Monrovia.

  • Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates and Lubeni Haukongo of Chippa United, September 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Tshegofatso Mabsa

    The Bafana international has been recalled to the starting line-up after missing Bucs' last two games.

    Mabasa will be looking to score and inspire Pirates to a win in Liberia.