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Revealed: Orlando Pirates' XI to face Stellenbosch FC - Ndlondlo starts but Lorch misses out

4:50 PM GMT+4 22/01/2023
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo makes his first start for the Buccaneers since October last year when he faced Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby clash.

Orlando Pirates' starting line-up has been revealed ahead of their PSL encounter against Stellenbosch FC on Sunday afternoon.
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo has been handed his maiden start since last year October and he will be keen to impress in order to re-cement his place in the team.
However, Thembinkosi Lorch, who has resumed training with his teammates after recovering from an injury, is missing from the matchday squad.
Check out coach Jose Riveiro's starting line-up.

  • Sipho Chaine.

    GOALKEEPER - Sipho Chaine

    The former Chippa United star is now a Pirates regular and he will be hoping to record his maiden clean sheet as a Bucs player.

  • Bandile Shandu, Orlando Pirates, January 2023

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The attack-minded full-back keeps his place in the team with regular right-back Thabiso Monyane out injured.

  • Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates FC.

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain will be determined to lead his side to their seventh league win of the season and also revive their ambitions of finishing in the top three spots on the PSL log.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The Bafana Bafana international's experience will be important in the Bucs defence and he is the organizer in the backline.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Tapelo Xoki

    The lanky centre-back will be up against Antonio van Wyk who tends to use his incisive movement to unsettle defenders in central areas.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The veteran midfielder has re-cemented his place in the team with some good performances in the last few weeks.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    The diminutive playmaker gets the nod ahead of Ben Motshwari and he brings creativity to the team.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Kabelo Dlamini

    Having provided one assist from 13 league matches and failed to score this term, the left-footed attacker remains a regular despite calls for him to be dropped.


  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The former Swallows FC star has regained his good form having grabbed a goal and an assist against Golden Arrows last weekend.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The speedy attacker seems to be enjoying his football again having been redeployed to his preferred left forward position in recent weeks.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    Despite having failed to score in his last seven league matches, the 32-year-old striker keeps his place in the team and he will be eager to end his goal drought.