Revealed Orlando Pirates XI to face Swallows: Eva Nga, Xoki, Sibisi make Buccaneers debuts

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This will be Orlando Pirates' first PSL match of the 2022-23 season and they will be looking to make a winning start to the new campaign.

Coach Jose Riveiro has named a surprising line-up without wing-backs Paseka Mako and Bandile Shandu who are on the bench.

GOAL reveals to you how the Buccaneers start against Amaswaiswai.

  • Richard Ofori Orlando Pirates 2022.Backpagepix

    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    The Ghana international starts in goal after recovering from the injury which he picked up while on national duty two months ago.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Bafana Bafana, June 2021Backpagepix

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The former Lamontville Golden Arrows captain has been handed his official debut.

  • Tapelo Xoki, AmaZulu FC & Kwame Peprah, Orlando Pirates, December 2021Backpagepix

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Tapelo Xoki

    The former AmaZulu defender makes his official debut for the Buccaneers.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, December 2021Backpagepix

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Innocent Maela

    The left-footed defender will be hoping to start his reign as Bucs captain with a win.

  • Thabiso Monyane Orlando Pirates August 2019

    RIGHT-BACK - Thabiso Monyane

    After appearing to be on his way out of Pirates, Monyane is a surprise starter who has been selected ahead of Shandu who is on the bench.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021Backpagepix

    LEFT-BACK -Deon Hotto

    Usually an attacker, Hotto starts in an unfamiliar position at the left side of defence.

  • Thabang Monare Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The former Jomo Cosmos captain's experience will be important in midfield as Bucs look to control the game.

  • Goodman Mosele Orlando Pirates 2022.Backpagepix.

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    The promising midfielder established himself as a regular at the Soweto giants last season.


  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, February 2022Backpagepix

    LEFT FORWARD - Thembinkosi Lorch

    The accomplished attacker was playing some of his best football towards the end of last season and he will be keen to continue where he left off.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, November 2021Backpagepix

    RIGHT FORWARD - Kabelo Dlamini

    Dlamini was one of the consistent players for Pirates last season and would want to maintain that this term.

  • Bienvenu Eva Nga, Chippa United, December 2021Backpagepix

    CENTRE FORWARD - Bienvienu Eva Nga

    The new Bucs marksman has been in fine form in pre-season scoring in friendly matches and he will be eager to carry his form into competitive games.