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MTN8: Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' starting XI to face Orlando Pirates

21:40 EAT 21/10/2022
Sphelele Mkhulise Teboho Mokoena Khuliso Mudau Mamelodi Sundowns
Masandawana will enjoy some home-ground advantage when they square off with Bucs on Saturday, but they might be without several players

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to welcome Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in an MTN8 semi-final second-leg encounter.
The Tshwane giants are likely to be without Brian Onyango, Terrence Mashego, and Mothobi Mvala who have been nursing injuries.
However, coach Manqoba Mngqithi couldn't rule out Peter Shalulile from featuring against Pirates having missed midweek's PSL clash with Marumo Gallants due to injury.
GOAL takes a look at how Sundowns could start against their Gauteng rivals.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Ronwen Williams

    The shot-stopper marked his return to the starting line-up with a clean sheet against Gallants, having been rested during the two Caf Champions League matches against La Passe.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    The highly-rated full-back also played well against Gallants and he will be up against Deon Hotto who operates as an attack-minded left wing-back under Pirates coach Jose Riveiro.

  • Aubrey Modiba, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    LEFT-BACK - Aubrey Modiba

    The Bafana Bafana international did not feature in midweek as he is on three yellow cards, but he is expected to return to the team against the Buccaneers.

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates & Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Grant Kekana

    The 29-year-old defender was rock-solid at the heart of the Bahlabane Ba Ntwa's defence and he will be looking to replicate the same form this weekend. 

  • Rushine de Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Rushine de Reuck

    The former Pacos de Ferreira academy player is most likely to be assigned to man-mark his former teammate Kermit Erasmus.

  • Andile Jali

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Andile Jali

    The Sundowns vice-captain was rested against Gallants and he looks set to start against his former club with a place in the final at stake. 

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The box-to-box midfielder, who is a permanent fixture on the team, grabbed his second assist of the season in midweek and he dominated the midfield battle. 

  • Sphelele Mkhulise, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Sphelele Mkhulise

    Having been recently urged to add goals to his game by coach Mngqithi, the Cape Town-born midfielder netted against Gallants and he might be handed another starting berth.

  • Themba Zwane Mamelodi Sundowns.

    LEFT FORWARD - Themba Zwane

    The versatile attacker produced a Man of the Match performance in midweek and his creativity could be key to the Tshwane giants' win over Pirates.

  • Gaston Sirino, Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Gaston Sirino

    The 31-year-old, who has re-cemented his place in the starting line-up with his consistent displays, will pose a threat to Bucs' defence with unpredictable movement and tricks. 

  • Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    With Mngqithi having hinted at unleashing a big surprise against Pirates when discussing Shalulile, the two-time PSL Footballer of the Year might start in this massive clash.