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MTN8: Predicting Mamelodi Sundowns' XI to face Orlando Pirates

1:33 PM EDT 9/30/22
Peter Shalulile Themba Zwane Mkhulise Mamelodi Sundowns
Masandawana will be looking to continue their good form when they lock horns with the Buccaneers.

Mamelodi Sundowns are scheduled to travel to the iconic Orlando Stadium where they are expected to face Orlando Pirates in an MTN8 semi-final, first-leg game on Saturday.

The Brazilians are coming into this encounter in great form having recorded their third consecutive victory when they defeated AmaZulu FC just before the recent international break.

The reigning MTN8 champions are likely to be boosted by the return of Abubeker Nasir from illness, while Abdelmounaim Boutouil could make his debut after completing his transfer to Masandawana.

GOAL predicts Sundowns' starting line-up ahead of their clash against Pirates. 

  • Ronwen Williams, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    GOALKEEPER - Ronwen Williams

    The Bafana captain, who has been in fine form for both his club and country, will be eager to keep a clean sheet in Soweto.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    RIGHT-BACK - Khuliso Mudau

    The Limpopo-born full-back is undoubtedly the best right-back in the country at the moment and he is a permanent fixture in the Masandawana starting line-up.

  • Sifiso Ngobeni of Mamelodi Sundowns.

    LEFT-BACK - Sifiso Ngobeni

    The lanky full-back seems to have established himself as the Brazilians' first-choice left-back following Lyle Lakay's move to Cape Town City.

  • Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    CENTRE BACK - Grant Kekana

    The Polokwane-born defender has re-cemented his place in the Masandawana team after recovering from his injury which led him to miss several matches this term.

  • Rushine de Reuck, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRE BACK - Rushine de Reuck

    The ball-playing defender is most likely to be assigned to man-mark Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa who grabbed two assists for Bafana against Sierra Leone.

  • Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Andile Jali

    The Sundowns vice-captain will be keen to lead the Tshwane giants to a victory over his former club.

  • Teboho Mokoena, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The technically gifted midfielder will be oozing confidence having scored the only goal of the match as Bafana defeated Botswana on Tuesday.

  • Themba Zwane Mamelodi Sundowns.

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Themba Zwane

    The in-form attacker is another Sundowns player who was in good form during the Fifa break - grabbing a brace in a win over Sierra Leone. 

  • Thapelo Morena, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Thapelo Morena

    The speedy utility player tends to be deployed as an attacker in big matches and his speed might create problems for the Pirates defence. 

  • Marcelo Allende, Mamelodi Sundowns, September 2022

    LEFT FORWARD - Marcelo Allende

    The Pudahuel-born attacker was the hero against AmaZulu as he came off the bench to score the winning goal and he could be rewarded with a starting berth.

  • Peter Shalulile Mamelodi Sundowns.

    CENTRE FORWARD - Peter Shalulile

    The Namibian marksman will be relishing this match as he always brings his A-game when faces Pirates having scored three times against the Soweto giants last season.