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Nedbank Cup: Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Marumo Gallants

12:43 PM EST 3/8/22
Orlando Pirates players warming up, February 2022
After the Soweto Derby frustration, the Buccaneers are seeking redemption in South Africa's premier knockout competition
  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    The 35-year-old goalkeeper is a likely starter despite Richard Ofori being back from injury.

    With Gallants being strong opponents who have scored 10 goals in their last five games, the Pirates coaches might opt for someone who has been a regular like Mpontshane.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    He is someone difficult to drop. Shandu is arguably Pirates' best signing of the season and has been in top form.

  • Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Paseka Mako

    Mako could be facing a busy evening in which he might have to deal with former Kaizer Chiefs speedy winger Joseph Malongoane.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRE-BACK - Olisa Ndah

    Facing a team on a four-match winning streak, the Nigeria international is a player the Buccaneers cannot afford to leave out.

  • Happy Jele & Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRE-BACK - Happy Jele

    The Soweto giants' skipper was rested in the Soweto Derby and might return to partner Ndah at the heart of the defence against the Nedbank Cup defending champions.

  • Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ben Motshwari

    Motshwari's experience is what Pirates need in this match and he provides that.

    The 30-year-old will be preparing for a midfield battle against the likes of Miguel Timm, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo and Celimpilo Ngema.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, October 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The Pirates coaches usually prefer Monare to partner Motshwari in central midfield and in most games they have thrived.

    He contributed an assist for Kwame Peprah in the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, February 2022

    RIGHT MIDFIELDER - Thembinkosi Lorch

    While Lorch has not been at his best this season, he is a player who can turn things around at any moment.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates

    LEFT MIDFIELDER - Deon Hotto

    The speedy Namibian is one of Pirates' best-performing players this season.

    He could be facing Mpho Mvelase who has rejuvenated himself since his return to the Premier Soccer League.

  • Linda Mntambo, Orlando Pirates, October 2021


    His 76th-minute introduction in the Soweto Derby saw Pirates being a bit improved in attack although they were unlucky to equalise.

  • Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    The Ghanaian forward appears to have adapted to PSL football and has become someone Pirates can rely on for goals.

    He is high on confidence after scoring his first-ever Soweto Derby goal last weekend.