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Predicting Orlando Pirates' starting line-up to face Marumo Gallants

20:09 GMT 27/01/2023
Orlando Pirates players celebrate, January 2023
Bucs have been boosted by the return of several players from their respective injuries. But will they walk straight into the team?

Orlando Pirates are hoping to continue their resurgence in the PSL when they take on a struggling Marumo Gallants side on Saturday evening.
Richard Ofori and Miguel Timm have both resumed training according to the Houghton-based giants, while Thembinkosi Lorch and Olisa Ndah are working on their match fitness.
GOAL takes a look at how coach Jose Riveiro's side could line-up against Bahlabane Ba Ntwa who are winless in their last seven league games.

  • Sipho Chaine.

    GOALKEEPER - Sipho Chaine

    With Ofori back in training, Chaine will be under a bit pressure to keep his maiden clean sheet as a Pirates player.

  • Bandile Shandu, Orlando Pirates, January 2023

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    The attack-minded full-back's defensive skills will be tested as he faces Gallants' dribbling wizard Katlego Otladisa.

  • Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates FC.

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    The Pirates captain is one yellow card away from suspension and he will be cautious in order to avoid a booking with Bucs set to take on Mamelodi Sundowns next weekend.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The tough-tackling player will have to find a way to neutralise Ranga Chivaviro who has scored in each of his last two matches for Gallants.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Tapelo Xoki

    The former AmaZulu FC captain has been a consistent performer in central defence for Pirates with Ndah missing due to an injury.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The veteran midfield maestro, who has re-cemented his place in the team, will be oozing with confidence having grabbed his first-ever goal for Pirates last weekend.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    The hard-working midfielder will be looking to haunt his former club by playing an instrumental role in helping the Buccaneers secure their third consecutive win. 

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, October 2022


    The left-footed playmaker silenced his critics by producing a good performance against Stellenbosch and he remains a regular under Riveiro.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    The Namibia international scored in Pirates' last away game which was against Cape Town City and he will be eager to grab another goal on the road.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    The in-form attacker will be eager to inspire the Buccaneers to another win and scoop his third consecutive Man of the Match accolade.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    The 32-year-old frontman ended his seven-match goal drought last weekend and he will be confident of finding the back of the net once again.