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Caf Confederation Cup: Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Simba SC

13:19 BST 23/04/2022
Terrence Dzukamanja of Orlando Pirates challenges Philip Ndlondlo of Marumo Gallants.
The Buccaneers are back at home as they seek to overturn the defeat they suffered in Dar es Salaam last weekend

Orlando Pirates host Simba SC in the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

The Soweto giants will go into this match intending to stage a comeback after suffering a 1-0 defeat in the first leg away last weekend.

It is a huge test for the Buccaneers whose character could be stretched to see if they have the temperament to claw back in such a crucial match.

Pirates co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids would want to select the strongest team and employ the best tactics to overturn the first leg result.

GOAL predicts how the Buccaneers could line up against the Tanzanians on Sunday.

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    After being beaten from the penalty spot in the first leg in Dar es Salaam, it was the first time Ofori conceded after keeping four clean sheets.

    Now with the Buccaneers at home, the Ghana international would be out to guard Pirates' goal and make sure they don't concede in their own backyard.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates 2022.

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    With Pirates hard-pressed to get a goal from the first whistle, Shandu would be hoping his overlapping runs result in an assist or a goal from his boot.

    He already has four goals to his name in the Confederation Cup.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    Paseka Mako has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Maela has been an easy choice to step in.

    Maela did well in Tanzania as he played 90 minutes and on Sunday he would be hoping for a performance that would help Pirates advance to the semi-finals.

  • Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    CENTRE-BACK -Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    Nyauza has been rock solid at the back and his performances has made Pirates not miss Olisa Ndah.

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

    CENTRE-BACK - Happy Jele

    The Buccaneers captain has been in good form this season and has partnered well with Nyauza in Pirates' recent matches.

    He will be carrying the responsibility of making sure that the Buccaneers do not concede and are not eliminated on a day they are playing at home.

  • Thabang Monare Orlando Pirates.

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    Sunday's match is one the Buccaneers could be under pressure at home in and they need players with steely nerves.

    Monare has proved to be that in recent matches and he is one player they would be banking on to win the midfield battles.

  • Goodman Mosele Orlando Pirates 2022.

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    Mosele has been one of Pirates' top-performing players this season.

    His presence in central midfield has often been felt and he is a player Pirates can rely upon for a goal or an assist.

  • Siphesihle Ndlovu, Orlando Pirates, April 2022

    RIGHT MIDFIELDER - Siphesihle Ndlovu

    Ndlovu has started in Pirates last three games and appears to be growing in confidence with each passing game.

    He is likely to be called up to start again on Sunday as the Buccaneers are in dire need of some creativity to score goals and upset Simba.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT MIDFIELDER - Deon Hotto

    The Namibian did not come to the party last weekend in Tanzania and he would be expected to up his game at Orlando Stadium.

    Hotto is a player who can hurt any opposition and an improved showing could carry the Soweto giants through into the last four.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Kabelo Dlamini

    Dlamini has established himself as a regular starter in all competitions this season and is set to continue in his role just behind the main striker.

    He has started six Caf Confederation Cup games and has made a total of eight appearances, scoring three goals and providing an assist.

  • Kwame Peprah Orlando Pirates 2022.

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Kwame Peprah

    Pirates have been struggling to find a striker who can score double figures in a season and Peprah has become the frontrunner they trust the most.

    This is despite the Ghanian having scored just one goal in seven Confederation Cup games.

    He will be hoping to score where it matters most and cover up for his low returns in this competition.