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Caf Confederation Cup: Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Al Ahli Tripoli

09:19 GMT+3 08/05/2022
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Bucs will be determined to return to winning ways when they face the Libyan side in the semi-final first-leg clash on Sunday

The Buccaneers are expected to be without Olisa Ndah, Thabang Monare and Paseka Mako who are all both nursing injuries.

On the other hand, Nkanyiso Zungu remains suspended by the Soweto giants for an off the field issue.  

While Vincent Pule could return to the matchday squad after recovering from a long term injury.

GOAL picks Pirates' possible starting line-up ahead of their clash with Al Ahli at Martyrs of February Stadium in Benghazi.

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    The bulky shot-stopper will be keen to continue his good form in the Confederation Cup when he faces the 12-time Libyan champions.

    Ofori has kept four clean sheets in five matches in Africa's secondary club tournament this term.

  • Bandile Shandu, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The man nicknamed Busy Weekend will be returning to Martyrs of February Stadium where he scored twice against Al Ittihad last month.

    Busy Weekend will be hoping to rediscover his scoring touch having failed to find the back of the net in his last 10 competitive games.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    The experienced left-back is set to make his second start in this season's Confederation Cup.

    Maela, who is enjoying regular game time with Mako out injured, grabbed an assist during Bucs' last game in this competition which was against Tanzania's Simba SC on April  24.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Happy Jele

    The Pirates captain looked shaky against TS Galaxy on Monday as Bucs lost 1-0 in a PSL match and he was substituted at half-time.

    Jele was substituted due to a tactical move by the Pirates technical team and he is expected to start once again with Ndah out injured.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The former Platinum Stars defender has re-cemented his place in the starting line-up in the last few weeks.

    Nyauza is likely to be assigned to man-mark Al Ahli's star forward Anis Saltou.

  • Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Abel Mabaso

    The defensive-minded player has started Pirates' last three matches as a holding midfielder and he is unlikely to be dropped.

    With Monare injured and Ben Motshwari having fallen out of favour, Mabaso is a guaranteed starter in this position.  

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The promising central midfielder has become a glue that keeps the Pirates midfield together.

    Mosele's performance in the middle of the park could be key to a Bucs win in North Africa.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe

    The creative midfielder was one of Pirates' standout performers in their last Confederation Cup game which was against Simba.'Makaringe could be recalled to the starting line-up with Bucs having failed to score goals in their last three games due to a lack of creativity. 

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The Namibia international has been Pirates' best player this season having produced some match-winning performances.  

    The Soweto giants will look to Hotto to inspire the Buccaneers to a first-leg victory. 

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thembinkosi Lorch

    The Bloemfontein-born attacker has looked hungry for goals since he returned from his recent injury, but he is yet to score this term.

    Lorch will be determined to open his scoring account for the current campaign when he faces the team nicknamed the Leaders. 

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, April 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    The Ghanaian hitman featured as a substitute against Galaxy and he played much better than Terrence Dzvukamanja who had started ahead of him.

    Peprah might be recalled to the team with the Buccaneers in desperate need of goals.