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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Cape Town City

18:16 SAST 2023/01/06
Richard Ofori, Frank Makaringe and their Orlando Pirates teammates celebrate, November 2022
The Buccaneers are desperate for a victory having lost their last two matches in the Premier Soccer League.

Orlando Pirates will be hoping to start 2023 with a victory when they take on Cape Town City on Saturday.
The Citizens ended 2022 with a disappointing defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns and they are now desperate for a victory in the Mother City.
GOAL predicts Pirates' starting line-up.

  • Siyabonga Mpontshane, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    GOALKEEPER - Siyabonga Mpontshane

    With Richard Ofori still out injured, the veteran shot-stopper will be looking to keep his fourth clean sheet across all competition this season.

  • Thabiso Monyane, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    RIGHT WING-BACK - Thabiso Monyane

    The Pirates academy product remains the team's first-choice right-back having dethroned Bandile Shandu who featured as a substitute against Downs.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT WING-BACK - Deon Hotto

    The former Lamontville Golden Arrows star will be up against City captain Thamsanqa Mkhize, who is an attack-minded right-back.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain will be determined to lead his charges to a victory and also avoid their third successive defeat in the league.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The man nicknamed Bhodlela will be hoping to produce an improved performance against City having been tormented by Downs' Cassius Mailula. 

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Tapelo Xoki

    The Cape Town-born defender, who was one of Pirates' better players against Sundowns, will be eager to impress in his hometown. 

  • Miguel Timm, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Miguel Timm

    The new Bafana Bafana international remains coach Jose Riveiro's first choice midfielder and he will be eager to stamp his authority in the middle of the park.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The experienced midfielder, who caught the eye with his passing and aggressiveness after coming on as a substitute against Masandawana, could be handed a starting berth.




  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The 24-year-old is still Pirates' top scorer in the league with two goals and he has the ability to inspire the Soweto giants to a win over the Citizens. 

  • Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Vincent Pule

    Having provided an assist the last time Pirates played City in Cape Town, the mercurial attacker has the dribbling skills and pace to unlock the hosts' defence.




  • Kermit Erasmus Orlando Pirates

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The former Cape Town City striker will be looking to haunt the Citizens by scoring against coach Eric Tinkler's side.