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Nedbank Cup: Predicting Orlando Pirates' starting XI to face AmaZulu FC

6:08 PM GMT+4 05/02/2022
Orlando Pirates Peprah Jele Motshwari Hotto
The Buccaneers are set to take on Usuthu in the Last 32 encounter on Sunday as they resume their 2021-22 campaign

GOAL takes a look at how Bucs, who are under the guidance of co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids, could start at Orlando Stadium. 

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The agile shot-stopper is set to continue in goal for the Buccaneers as the club's first-choice keeper Richard Ofori is still out due to a long-term injury. 

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The Maritzburg United academy product cemented his place in the team's starting line-up with some solid performances towards the end of last year.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    The experienced defender started for Bucs in their last game which was a win over AmaZulu FC in a PSL match on December 23 and he is likely to keep his place in the team.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRE BACK - Olisa Ndah

    The Nigeria international is expected to start for the Buccaneers after representing his country at the 2021 Afcon finals in Cameroon having impressed while playing for Bucs this term. 

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRE BACK - Happy Jele

    The Pirates captain produced two good displays for Warriors as they clinched the DStv Compact Cup last month and he will now be looking to lead Bucs to a win over Usuthu. 

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ben Motshwari

    The box-to-box midfielder will be up against AmaZulu captain Makhehlene Makhaula in the battle between two Randfontein-born midfield maestros.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The promising player's return from injury helped improve Bucs' midfield towards the end of last year having provided an assist for Bucs' second goal against AmaZulu. 

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe

    The Swallows FC academy product changed the complexion of the game after coming on as a substitute against Usuthu and he could be rewarded with a starting berth.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The former Lamontville Golden Arrows winger was a constant threat to the KwaZulu-Natal giants' defence and he provided an assist for Pirates' first goal.

  • Ntsako Makhubela, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    RIGHT FORWARD - Ntsako Makhubela

    With Thembinkosi Lorch an injury doubt, Makhubela is likely to start in the right side of Bucs' attack as they look to start the new year with a win.

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    The Ghana under-23 international scored twice against AmaZulu to inspire Bucs to a 2-1 win and he will be keen to replicate the same form this weekend.