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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face TS Galaxy in PSL clash

19:26 GMT+3 01/05/2022
Orlando Pirates 2022.
The Buccaneers will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they face the Rockets on Monday.

Pirates have been boosted by Vincent Pule's return to full training after recovering from a long-term injury, but the mercurial winger is unlikely to start against Galaxy.

The Soweto giants are expected to be without Paseka Mako as the diminutive full-back continues to nurse his facial injury which he sustained against Baroka FC on April 12.

While Olisa Ndah is likely to be missing after picking up an injury against Chippa United on April 27 which led to his substitution. 

However, the Buccaneers have no suspension concerns and this has surely boosted the technical team's team selection.  

Here, GOAL looks at how Pirates could start against Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium.

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    The 28-year-old has been in good form since he returned from his long-term injury having kept three successive clean sheets in the PSL. 

    Ofori will be determined to ensure that the Buccaneers avoid a defeat by keeping another clean sheet. 

  • Bandile Shandu, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    RIGHT-BACK Bandile Shandu

    The attack-minded full-back netted his first-ever PSL goal for Pirates against TS Galaxy in the first round league clash as the Soweto giants won 2-0 at home in December last year.

    Shandu will be hoping to produce another stellar performance against the Rockets and help the Buccaneers complete a league double over the Mpumalanga side.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    The experienced defender has impressed since he returned to the starting line-up as he filled the void left by Mako in this position.

    Maela has helped the Buccaneers keep two successive clean sheets and he provided the assist for Bucs' winning goal against Simba of Tanzania on April 24.

  • Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Happy Jele

    The veteran defender, who has fallen out of favour in the last few weeks, featured as a substitute against Chippa - replacing Ndah.

    Jele might be recalled to the starting line-up if Ndah is deemed not a match fit for the clash with the Rockets. 

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The versatile defender has moved ahead of Jele in the pecking order in the Pirates central defence with some solid displays. 

    Nyauza could be assigned to man-mark Nigerian hitman Augustine Chidi Kwem, who is one of Galaxy's key players.

  • Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates, September 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Abel Mabaso

    The utility player has cemented his place in the starting line-up as a defensive midfielder since last month.

    Mabaso has moved ahead of Thabang Monare and Ben Motshwari in the team's central midfield pecking order. 

  • Linda Mntambo, Orlando Pirates, April 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Linda Mntambo

    The 32-year-old player brought some creativity and urgency to the Bucs midfield when he came on as a substitute against Chippa.

    Mntambo might be rewarded with a starting berth in Mpumalanga as the Buccaneers look to claim a much-needed victory.

  • Fortune Makaringe, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe

    The former Maritzburg United playmaker is another Pirates player who has re-cemented his place in the team in the last few weeks.

    Makaringe's creativity could be key to the Buccaneers recording their 10th win of the season in the league. 

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thembinkosi Lorch

    The diminutive attacker has looked sharp in the last few matches, but he has been wasteful in front of goal having missed a sitter against the Chilli Boys.

    Lorch, who is yet to score this season, will be hoping to open his scoring account for the current term in Nelspruit.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The hardworking attacker provided the assist for Bucs' second goal when they defeated the Rockets in the first league clash.

    Hotto's delivery from set-pieces and explosive speed could create big problems for the hosts.

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

    CENTRE FORWARD - Tshegofatso Mabaso

    The left-footed marksman looked hungry for goals when came on as a substitute against Chippa and he came close to scoring. 

    Mabaso could be recalled to the team with the Soweto giants desperate for goals.