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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


    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.