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MTN8: Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Mamelodi Sundowns

11:17 AM EDT 9/30/22
Zakhele Lepasa of Orlando Pirates
The Buccaneers are set to welcome Masandawana to Soweto as club football resumes after an international break

Orlando Pirates will play host to Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium in an MTN8 semi-final first-leg match on Saturday.

The Buccaneers are coming into this clash with several players doubtful due to injuries including Thembinkosi Lorch, Vincent Pule, Thabiso Monyane, and Evidence Makgopa.

However, the Soweto giants' PSL transfer deadline day signings Sipho Chaine, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, and Kermit Erasmus are fit and available for selection.

GOAL takes a look at how Pirates could line up against Sundowns.

  • Richard Ofori of Orlando Pirates.

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    The Ghanaian star will be brimming with confidence after marking his return to the Black Stars with a clean sheet as they claimed a 1-0 win over Nicaragua on Tuesday.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT WING-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The hard-running full-back is a guaranteed starter with Monyane nursing an injury and he will be determined to re-cement his place in the team.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT WING-BACK - Deon Hotto

    The versatile player operated in this position as Bucs kept a clean sheet in their last game which was against TS Galaxy on September 10 and he is likely to continue in this role.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Tapelo Xoki

    The lanky defender, who recently revealed that Bucs have a plan to stop Sundowns' free-scoring striker Peter Shalulile, looks set to start.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    Pirates' first-choice centre-back took his club form into the international scene as he helped Bafana Bafana defeat Sierra Leone while producing a solid defensive display.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Innocent Maela

    The Bucs captain will be looking to lead the Soweto giants to an important first-leg win over the defending champions. 

  • Miguel Timm, Orlando Pirates, August 2022


    The 30-year-old midfield maestro, who is preferred ahead of Thabang Monare and Ben Motshwari, has cemented his place in Pirates' starting line-up with some consistent performances. 

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The Bafana international remains Pirates' first-choice midfielder and he will be bracing himself for a battle with Sundowns' vice-captain Andile Jali.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The experienced marksman is most likely to walk straight into the starting line-up and face his former club with the Buccaneers having struggled to score goals this term.

  • Kabelo Dlamini Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT FORWARD - Kabelo Dlamini

    With Pule and Lorch doubtful due to injuries, the versatile attacker might be handed another starting berth as Bucs target a home victory. 

  • Zakhele Lepasa of Orlando Pirates.

    CENTRE FORWARD - Zakhele Lepasa

    The 25-year-old forward, who grabbed a brace as Pirates defeated Galaxy at Orlando Stadium, will be confident of scoring at the same venue.