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Orlando Pirates XI to face Mamelodi Sundowns: Timm starts but Ndlondlo and Dzvukamanja dropped

7:38 AM EST 2/4/23
Miguel Timm, Orlando Pirates, August 2022
Coach Jose Riveiro has adopted a defensive approach as three holding midfielders start against Masandawana.

Orlando Pirates' starting line-up has been revealed ahead of their PSL clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

Miguel Timm and Goodman Mosele make their return to the team as they join fellow holding midfielder Thabang Monare in the middle of the park.

Check out the Buccaneers' starting line-up.

  • Sipho Chaine.

    GOALKEEPER - Sipho Chaine

    Chaine will be hoping to keep his second successive clean sheet as he faces a free-scoring Sundowns side.

  • Bandile Shandu Orlando Pirates

    RIGHT-BACK - Bandile Shandu

    Shandu is an attack-minded full-back but today he will have to find a way to contain Themba Zwane.

  • Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates FC.

    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    Maela will be looking to lead his troops to a victory which would end the Buccaneers' six-match winless run against Masandawana in the league.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Nkosinathi Sibisi

    Sibisi will be determined to neutralize Peter Shalulile who has scored in each of his last two matches for Sundowns.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    CENTRE-BACK - Tapelo Xoki

    Xoki was an aerial threat in the Sundowns box the last time the two teams met which was two months ago and he will be keen to create problems for Masandawana once again.

  • Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates, November 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    Monare has been brilliant in the last the last few weeks and he will be looking to continue his good form.

  • Miguel Timm Orlando Pirates


    Timm makes his return to the team having recovered from an injury which sidelined him for three weeks.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Goodman Mosele

    Mosele has been recalled to the team - filling the void left by Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo who has surprisingly being dropped as he has been in fine form.

  • Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, November 2021

    LEFT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    Hotto will be eager to use his explosive speed to cut open the Sundowns' stubborn defence.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    RIGHT FORWARD - Monnapule Saleng

    Saleng scored twice the last time Pirates defeated Masandawana which was three months ago in an MTN8 clash and he could be the man to inspire the Buccaneers to a win over the Tshwane giants.

  • Kermit Erasmus - Orlando Pirates

    CENTRE FORWARD - Kermit Erasmus

    Erasmus surprisingly gets the nod ahead of the in-form Terrence Dzvukamanja and the former Sundowns star will be hoping to haunt the Brazilians.