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Pirates coach Roger de Sa has dropped Lucky Lekgwathi for Thursday’s league encounter against AmaZulu while Erasmus and Twala get their first starts

Orlando Pirates will be without their influential captain Lucky Lekgwathi for their league opener against AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium tonight.

Lekgwathi has been replaced by Ayanda Gcaba at centre-back while Thabo Matlaba, Happy Jele and Rooi Mahamutsa have all kept their places.

As expected, Kermit Erasmus gets the nod ahead of Lennox Bacela who was introduced in the second half against Al Ahly last Sunday.

William Twala has also made the starting line-up after an impressive season with Chippa United and also during the Carling Black Label Cup against Chiefs two weeks ago.

Pirates starting line-up: Meyiwa, Mahamutsa, Jele, Matlaba, Gcaba, Twala, Manyisa, Myeni, Jali, Mbesuma and Erasmus.

AmaZulu starting line-up: Mathibe, Mwedihanga, Teyise, Mvalo, Van Heerden, Madondo, Madubanya, Manqana, Zondi, G. Dlamini and Ndulula.

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