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Predicting Orlando Pirates' XI to face Sekhukhune United as focus turns to PSL

21:41 EAT 03/10/2022
 Orlando Pirates, August 2022
After an impressive MTN8 performance against Masandawana, the Buccaneers switch attention to the league campaign

Orlando Pirates will be pushing to close the gap between them and Premier Soccer League log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns when they meet Sekhukhune United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

Second-placed Buccaneers have five points fewer than Sundowns and would want to keep close track of the Brazilians.

Pirates coach Jose Riveiro would be keen for his charges to reproduce the MTN8 semi-final performance in the 0-0 draw with Sundowns last Saturday but with positive results this time around.

Not many changes are expected from Riveiro and this is how GOAL thinks Pirates will line up.

  • Richard Ofori of Orlando Pirates.

    GOALKEEPER: Richard Ofori

    The Ghana international stopper has managed clean sheets in Pirates' last two games and would want to continue on that path.

    His confidence between the sticks is often key and he is very vocal when dealing with his defenders.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.

    RIGHT-BACK: Thabiso Monyane

    The 22-year-old has recovered from injury and came on as a second-half substitute against Sundowns.

    For a player who never played a single game last season, he has vastly turned himself around to start more matches than Bandile Shandu this term.

  • Deon Hotto Orlando Pirates.

    LEFT-BACK: Deon Hotto

    It appears Hotto's new position on the left side of defence has limited his offensive duties.

    He only has one goal in seven league games and would want to improve himself going forward.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRE-BACK: Innocent Maela

    It looks like the centre-back position is now Maela's permanent role.

    The Pirates captain also played in central defence for Bafana in recent international friendlies.

  • Olisa Ndah, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE-BACK: Olisa Ndah

    The Nigeria international will be looking to start his sixth league game of the season and is always a winner in aerial duels.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.

    CENTRE-BACK: Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The former Golden Arrows skipper completes a three-man lineup in central defence.

    Sibisi has one league goal this season and is always a threat at heading in setpieces.

  • Thabang Monare of Orlando Pirates.

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Miguel Timm

    It looks like Riveiro has now found a reliable central midfielder.

    The lanky midfielder has been one of Pirates' top performers this season and he has limited Ben Motswari and Thabang Monare's playing opportunities.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER: Goodman Mosele

    Mosele was returning from suspension against Sundowns and receiving game time with Bafana appeared to have helped him stay on top of his game.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    LEFT MIDFIELDER: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    What a terrific start for Ndlondlo in Pirates colours and he would be hard to ignore against Sekhukhune.

    The diminutive midfielder was on fire on his debut against Sundowns and was crowned Man of the Match.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    RIGHT MIDFIELDER: Monnapule Saleng

    After being sent to Swallows on loan last season, Saleng had to wait long to make his Buccaneers debut.

    Just like Ndlondlo, he was in scintillating form against Sundowns and he made his case for regular game time.

  • Zakhele Lepasa, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE-FORWARD: Zakhele Lepasa

    Lepasa would be hard to overlook as his game appears to have improved.

    It will be a tough call for Riveiro to choose between Lepasa and Kermit Erasmus.