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Orlando Pirates XI to face Mamelodi Sundowns - Rare start for Makaringe

5:57 PM IST 22/10/22
Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, September 2022
The two traditional giants are in Polokwane and clash in a crucial fixture that will decide one of the finalists in this Cup competition

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates collide in the MTN8 semi-final, second leg at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

The reverse leg at Orlando Stadium ended 0-0 in a match the Buccaneers dominated but missed a glut of scoring chances.

Pirates will be coming up against a team that has proven to be their bogey side in recent years as they have not beaten Masandawana in their last seven meetings.
Here is how Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has selected his starting XI.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The 36-year-old will start between the sticks with Richard Ofori out injured and he will be eager to keep his third clean sheet in a row when he faces Masandawana.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.

    RIGHT-BACK - Thabiso Monyane

    Pirates' first-choice right-back has been able to get himself into good positions in the opposition's half, and the only thing missing is scoring goals. 

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT-BACK - Deon Hotto

    The left-sided player's versatility has seen him cement his place in the team as a left wing-back ahead of Paseka Mako who has been mainly used as a substitute.   

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE BACK - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The man nicknamed Bhodlela is one of the reasons why Bucs boast one of the best defences in the PSL having scooped several Man of the Match accolades this term.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE BACK - Olisa Ndah

    The ball-playing centre back brings something unique to this Pirates team as he has the ability to start play from the back with his impressive passing ability. 

  • Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates FC.

    CENTRE BACK - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain brings leadership and stability to the team's defence and he will be determined to lead his charges to a victory over the reigning MTN8 champions.

  • Miguel Timm, Orlando Pirates, August 2022


    The Buccaneers' new first-choice midfielder is on three yellow cards with a Soweto Derby clash against Kaizer Chiefs looming.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo Orlando Pirates

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    With Mosele out injured, Ndlondlo was redeployed to central midfield in the win over Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday and he starts in the same position once again. 

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The tricky attacker produced a Man of the Match display against Arrows and he will be looking to replicate the same form when he faces arguably the best team in SA.

  • Fortune Makaringe Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT FORWARD - Fortune Makaringe

    The 29-year-old starts his third match of the season and his first in the MTN8.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    All eyes will be on the former Sundowns star who grabbed two assists in midweek and he will be determined to score his second goal of the season.