Nedbank Cup: How Orlando Pirates could start against Maritzburg United

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Orlando Pirates players, November 2020
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The Buccaneers will be away to the Team of Choice in the Last 16 on Saturday. Goal predicts Bucs' possible starting XI

  1. GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori
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    GOALKEEPER - Richard Ofori

    Ofori will be eager to keep another clean sheet against his former side having started in goal for Bucs as they defeated Maritzburg 1-0 in a PSL game on January 23. 
  2. RIGHT-BACK - Siphesihle Ndlovu
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    RIGHT-BACK - Siphesihle Ndlovu

    The 24-year-old player is also likely to face his former side having cemented his place in the starting line-up with some solid displays in recent weeks. 
  3. LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela
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    LEFT-BACK - Innocent Maela

    Maela could get the nod ahead of Paseka Mako as Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer refreshes his defence in the cup encounter. 
  4. CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza
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    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The versatile defender is likely to make his return to the starting line-up with Thulani Hlatshwayo being rested having already started 20 matches across all competitions this term.
  5. CENTRAL DEFENDER - Happy Jele
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    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Happy Jele

    Jele, who is the only surviving member of the Pirates team which won the 2014 Nedbank Cup, will be keen to lead the Buccaneers to the quarter-finals. 
  6. CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Linda Mntambo
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Linda Mntambo

    Mntambo was surprisingly dropped against SuperSport United on Tuesday despite netting twice against Botswana's Jwaneng Galaxy and he could return to the starting line-up in Pietermaritzburg. 
  7. CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare
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    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Thabang Monare

    The experienced midfield maestro will be eyeing another good performance against Maritzburg having walked away with the Man of the Match award after the league clash last month. 
  8. ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe
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    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Fortune Makaringe

    Makaringe, who is also a former Maritzburg player, will be eager to haunt the Team of Choice by inspiring the Buccaneers to a victory. 
  9. RIGHT FORWARD - Vincent Pule
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    RIGHT FORWARD - Vincent Pule

    The dribbling wizard is Pirates' top scorer having netted his fifth goal of the season across all competitions against SuperSport and he will be looking to add to his tally.

  10. RIGHT FORWARD - Deon Hotto
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    RIGHT FORWARD - Deon Hotto

    Hotto's solitary goal earned Bucs a 1-0 win over Maritzburg last month and he will be hoping to score again against coach Ernst Middendorp's side this weekend. 
  11. CENTRE FORWARD - Jean-Marc Masuku Mundele
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    CENTRE FORWARD - Jean-Marc Masuku Mundele

    The DR Congo international is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up to replace Thembinkosi Lorch, who picked up an injury in midweek.