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Sangweni is reportedly wanted by Mamelodi Sundowns, although his agent Mike Makaab confirmed to Goal that they have started negotiating with Pirates

Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic has decided to exclude defender Siyabonga Sangweni from his 18-man squad that will compete against Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup final.

Sangweni has consistently made the team since his recovery from an Achilles tendon earlier this year, and he was at times given the armband in the absence of team captain Lucky Lekgwathi.

"Coach Vladimir Vermezovic picked a strong side for Saturday’s match, with the only noticeable absentees being centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni and former Wits left-back Patrick Phungwayo," the club confirmed.

However, his omission from the squad could add to speculation that he is on his way out of the club, with Mamelodi Sundowns reportedly keen to sign the former Golden Arrows man.

Goal reported last week that Pirates have opened talks with Sangweni for a possible contract extension, after Vermezovic told the media that the Bafana defender is very much in his plans for next season.

The 32-year-old Sangweni played no part in the three finals that Pirates lost this season, and he will have to watch from the stands once again as his teammates battle to end the season with a piece of silverware.

Meanwhile, striker Lehlohonolo Majoro is set to play his first Cup final since joining Pirates from Kaizer Chiefs, as he has travelled with the team to Durban for this encounter.

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