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Orlando Pirates starting XI vs Marumo Gallants – Mako & Shandu return, Peprah and Eva Nga benched

18:40 SAST 2022/08/24
Paseka Mako, Orlando Pirates, October 2021
After failing to beat SuperSport United, the Sea Robbers are at home to entertain Bahlabane Ba Ntwa

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has named his starting XI to face Marumo Gallants in a Premier Soccer League game on Wednesday at Orlando Stadium.

With goals hard to come by after five games, Bucs are under pressure to deliver and a victory against Gallants would be a very welcome outcome.

The Soweto giants also have to deal with the absence of Thembinkosi Lorch and Thabiso Monyane, who are injured.

How they are lining up:

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Richard Ofori

    The Ghanaian starts as he searches for his third straight clean sheet of the season.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Bandile Shandu

    After being edged out of the starting lineup by Thabiso Monyane, Bandu makes a return as his closest rival is injured.

  • Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City.

    Paseka Mako

    Mako returns to the starting lineup for the first time this season as Deon Hotto, who had been deployed at that position, is benched.

  • Tapelo Xoki Orlando Pirates

    Tapelo Xoki

    Xoki moves to the right-hand side of a three-man defensive set-up as Olisa Ndah is benched.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Innocent Maela

    After sitting unused in their game against SuperSport United, the captain makes a return to the starting side.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Nkosinathi Sibisi

    He continues to enjoy a solid performance throughout the season and that has always guaranteed him a starting berth.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Goodman Mosele

    The Bafana Bafana star is carrying a yellow card received during their match against Matsatsantsa and should be extra cautious while playing against Bahlabane Ba Ntwa.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    Miguel Timm

    Timm makes his third straight start as Thabang Monare is benched again.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Kabelo Dlamini

    Dlamini will operate from the right wing as the Sea Robbers look to return to winning ways after the goalless draw against SuperSport.

  • Vincent Pule Orlando Pirates.

    Vincent Pule

    With Thembinkosi Lorch, who he had replaced in the starting line-up against Matsatsantsa, injured, Pule keeps his position on the left wing.

  • Zakhele Lepasa Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Zakhele Lepasa

    With both Bienvenu Nga and Kwame Peprah struggling in front of goal, Riveiro has drafted Lepasa to lead the goal-hunting expedition.