Carling Black Label Cup: Five Orlando Pirates players to watch


  1. Orlando Pirates players, January 2021

    Which Pirates players will decide CBL Cup?

    Pirates will be keen to retain the Carling Black Label Cup trophy when they face their arch-rivals at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

    Goal takes a look at the five Bucs players to look out for in the Soweto Derby clash:

  2. Deon Hotto, Orlando Pirates, January 2021

    Deon Hotto

    The Namibia international was arguably Pirates' best attacker during the recent season which was also his debut campaign with the Buccaneers.

    Hotto scored seven goals and provided the most assists (nine) of Pirates players and he has the ability to single-handedly inspire Bucs to a win over Chiefs.

  3. Happy Jele, Orlando Pirates, January 2021

    Happy Jele

    The 34-year-old defender remains a pillar of strength in the Pirates defence and this was evident during his absence due to injuries in the recent season as the team struggled without him.

    Jele's leadership, experience, and man-marking skills are vital to the Bucs backline and he has what it takes to contain Chiefs' star striker Samir Nurkovic. 

  4. Richard Ofori, Orlando Pirates, November 2020

    Richard Ofori

    The Ghana international hit the ground running after joining Pirates from Maritzburg United in September 2020 and he was one of Pirates' key players as they clinched the 2020 MTN8 title.

    Ofori kept two clean sheets against Chiefs in the two-legged MTN8 semi-final tie and he will be determined to impress once again in the Soweto Derby clash.

  5. Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates, January 2021

    Ben Motshwari

    The Bafana Bafana international is the glue that holds Pirates' midfield together and allows the team's attacking stars to shine bright.

    Motshwari is coming off his best season with Pirates which saw him make 43 competitive appearances and his performance in midfield could propel Pirates to a win over Chiefs.

  6. Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, January 2021

    Thembinkosi Lorch

    The highly-rated attacker scored the goal which sealed Pirates' 2-0 win over Chiefs in the last Carling Black Label Cup match which was played in 2019.

    Lorch overcame his injury woes towards the end of the 2020/21 season and he will be fit and hungry to impress against their greatest rivals.