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TEAM NEWS: Thembinkosi Lorch returns to Orlando Pirates starting line-up against Platinum Stars

4:30 PM GMT+4 27/01/2018
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Lorch and Norodien both return to the starting line-up ahead of Bucs' clash with Dikwena

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredohevic has named Thembinkosi Lorch in his starting line-up against Platinum Stars.

This will be the attacking midfielder's first start for Bucs this year having made substitute appearances against Mamelodi Sundowns and Polokwane City.

Lorch replaces Thabiso Kutumela, who has hit the back of the net once for the Buccaneers this season.

Another Bucs attacking midfielder Riyaad Norodien will be making his return to the starting line-up.

The former Ajax Cape Town winger set to make his fourth league appearance of the current campaign.

Serbian tactician Sredojevic made only two changes to the team that faced Polokwane at the Orlando Stadium last weekend.

The Buccaneers came back to hold Rise and Shine to a 1-1 stalemate with Lyle Foster grabbing a late equalizer for the hosts.

Foster will be on the bench alongside Siyabonga Mpontshane, Marshall Munetsi, Diamond Thopola, Phetso Maphanga, Ayanda Nkosi as well as Kutumela.

Gladwin Shitolo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Mthokozisi Dube, and Innocent Maela all start in defence for the Soweto giants.

Musa Nyatama starts alongside Mpho Makola in central midfield, while Luvuyo Memela is deployed behind the main striker Justin Shonga.

Jackson Mabokgwane, who has established himself as Bucs' first-choice goalkeeper, starts in goal ahead of Mpontshane. 

Pirates starting line-up: Mabokgwane, Shitolo, Nyauza, Dube, Maela, Nyatama, Makola, Norodien, Memela, Lorch, Shonga.

Bench: Mpontshane, Thopola, Maphanga, Munetsi, Kutumela, Foster, Nkosi.