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Orlando Pirates starting XI vs Mamelodi Sundowns - Erasmus benched, Ndlondlo debuts

15:58 EAT 01/10/2022
Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates
The Sea Robbers welcome Masandawana for the first leg semi-final of the domestic competition.

Head coach Jose Riveiro has revealed Orlando Pirates' starting line-up to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 Cup’s semi-final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Kermit Erasmus has been benched, while Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, the club's deadline-day signing - starts.

Here is how Pirates line up as they engage in their first duty after the international break:

  • Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Richard Ofori

    He has been consistently trusted during the league matches and, given the stakes the match carries, Ofori is maintained within the goal posts.

  • Bandile Shandu & Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates & Lindokuhle Mbatha, TS Galaxy, September 2022

    Bandile Shandu

    Shandu returns to the starting XI as Thabiso Monyane is ruled out by an injury.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Deon Hotto

    He has coped well with a change of formation under Riveiro, and the Namibian will operate at left-back once more.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates & Israel Mwenda, Simba, April 2022

    Innocent Maela

    The skipper is involved as a starter just after returning from Bafana Bafana duty.

  • Olisa Ndah of Orlando Pirates.

    Olisa Ndah

    Ndah started on the bench before he replaced Tapelo Xoki against Galaxy, but has been drafted as a first-teamer for the MTN8 duel.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Nkosinathi Sibisi

    Sibisi has established himself as a solid defensive wall for Pirates and is expected to be on top of his game as he faces the league champions.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates.

    Miguel Timm

    Another star who has never looked back since Riveiro started using him as a regular starter in deep midfield.

  • Goodman Mosele Orlando Pirates 2022.

    Goodman Mosele

    As he comes up against arguably the best midfielders in the league, led by Andile Jali, Mosele has a huge task of making sure Pirates remain solid at the heart of the midfield throughout.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo Marumo Gallants Kamohelo Mahlatsi Kaizer Chiefs

    Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    The deadline-day signing from Marumo Gallants has been handed his debut to face the Brazilians.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Swallows FC, December 2021

    Monnapule Saleng

    Saleng starts on the right wing as Kabelo Dlamini is benched.

  • Zakhele Lepasa Orlando Pirates.

    Zakhele Lepasa

    The Bafana striker will lead attacks for the Sea Robbers as they host the Tshwane giants, and the brace against Galaxy should motivate the 25-year-old.