Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United Preview: Kick-off time, TV channel, Squad news

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The battle at Orlando Stadium is a clash of teams fresh from reaching the Nedbank Cup final last weekend

Orlando Pirates’ Premier Soccer League top-two bid faces what could be a stern test when they host Sekhukhune United on Saturday.

The Buccaneers are second on the table with two points more than third-placed SuperSport United, and it is in their hands to keep themselves in that position.

Returning to the Caf Champions League has become a priority for the Buccaneers under Spaniard Jose Riveiro, who recorded his first Soweto Derby victory against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

After struggling to break Mamelodi Sundowns PSL dominance, finishing second would appease Pirates fans. 

But they come up against an unpredictable Sekhukhune United side that is high in confidence after reaching the Nedbank Cup final.

It will be a dress rehearsal of the Nedbank Cup final as Pirates will also participate in the decider of South Africa’s elite knockout competition.

While the Buccaneers are looking to end the campaign as runners-up to champions Sundowns, seventh-placed Sekhukhune are keen on a top-eight finish. This is Babina Noko who have enjoyed some improved fortunes under Brandon Truter, who took over last November while they were second from the bottom but could now play in Africa next season. 

GOAL brings you all the details on how to watch Pirates versus Sekhukhune as well as the team news.

  1. Kick-off time

    Kick-off time

    Game:Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United
    Date:May 13, 2023
    Kick-off:15.00 SA Time
    Venue:Orlando Stadium

    The game will kick off at 15h00 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Gauteng.

    There is no worry for both teams as a sunny afternoon is expected in Soweto with temperatures averaging 23 degrees Celsius.

  2. How to watch Pirates vs Sekhukhune online - TV channels & live streams

    How to watch Pirates vs Sekhukhune online - TV channels & live streams

    Online StreamingTV Channel
    DStv.com/DStv Now AppSuperSport TV's Variety 4 HD channel 209/SABC Sport

    Or you can follow all the action through GOAL's Live Text Commentary here.

  3. Team news & squads

    Team news & squads

    Pirates team news

    The Buccaneers announced that attacker Thembinkosi Lorch is inching closer to returning to action after being sidelined by injury in the past few weeks.

    Defender Bandile Shandu who was stretchered off last week's Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs has also returned to training.

    But there are doubts about captain Innocent Maela and midfielder Goodman Mosele, who have been battling fitness issues.

    Pirates possible XI: Chaine, Monyane, Mako, Sibisi, Xoki, Timm, Monare, Ndlondlo, Ratomo, Saleng, Dzvukamanja.

    Sekhukhune team news

    Babina Noko could be without star midfielder Rodrick Kabwe who has missed the past few games with injury.

    His Zambian counterpart and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata has also been out trying to regain full fitness but it might not be much of a worry for Truter with veteran stopper Ali Badra Sangare available to step in.

    Sekhukhune possible XI: Sangare, Cardoso, Mobbie, Ntiya-Ntiya, Gyimah, Mokotjo, Mncube, Mahlangu, Mokwana, Letsoalo, Ohizu

    Head-to-head record this season

    October 4, 2022Sekhukhune United 2-0 Orlando Pirates PSL