News Matches

Mamelodi Sundowns' XI to face Orlando Pirates: Shalulile, Mailula as twin strikers

7:47 AM EST 2/4/23
Cassius Mailula & Thapelo Morena, January 2023
The Brazilians make a short trip from Tshwane to Soweto for a date with the Buccaneers which promises to be explosive

Mamelodi Sundowns' winning run come under a stern test when they visit Orland Pirates for a Premier Soccer League match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilians enjoty a 100 percent record in 14 matches and they come up against Piratres who have recorded wins in their their last three games.

This is how Sundowns coach Rhyulani Mokwena has picked his starting team.

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sujdowns, November 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Ronwen Williams

    The in-form shot-stopper, who has kept the most clean sheets (13) in the league this term, makes his return to the team after being rested against TS Galaxy and Sekhukhune United.

  • Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    LEFT-BACK - Thapelo Morena

    The speedy full-back recorded his fifth assist of the season against Sekhukhune and it is the joint-most assists in the PSL in the current campaign.

    He will be used as an inverted left-back against Pirates.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    Mudau is back after being rested in the last two games and returning refreshed could give Pirates problems in his channel.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Grant Kekana

    The Bafana Bafana international has been a consistent performer in the Downs' defence this term and gets the nod to start.

  • Mothobi Mvala, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Mothobi Mvala

    The tough-tackling player is among the key players who were rested by Mokwena in recent weeks and he starts having scored against Pirates in the first-round league.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The 25-year-old was in top form before being rested with Andile Jali starting two matches in a row and Mokoena is back in the lineup after he established himself as Mokwena's first-choice midfielder.

  • Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023

    RIGHT FORWARD - Themba Zwane

    Sundowns' long-serving attacker captains the team and he will be hoping to lead the Tshwane giants to a record-extending 15th consecutive league win.

  • Sphelele Mkhulise, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Siphelele Mkhulise

    The Cape Town-born midfielder is playing some of his best football at the moment having picked up back-to-to-back Man of the Match accolades.

  • Neo Maema, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2023


    The former Bloemfontein Celtic star has become a permanent fixture in the team and he is among those who were not dropped when Mokwena was making changes.

  • Cassius Mailula Mamelodi Sundowns.

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Cassius Mailula

    The 21-year-old has been arguably Sundowns' biggest revelation of the season and he has another chance to shine against big opponents.

  • Peter Shalulile Mamelodi Sundowns.

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    A man who loves scoring against Pirates. The Namibian gunslinger will be eager to continue his scoring form having netted in each of his last two matches.