Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United: Five changes Zinnbauer should make

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Josef Zinnbauer, Orlando Pirates, April 2021
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The Buccanees are set to play host to the Team of Choice in a PSL match at Orlando Stadium on Sunday

  1. What changes should Zinnbauer make?
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    What changes should Zinnbauer make?

    Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer will be looking to ensure that the Soweto giants return to winning ways after being hammered 4-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns on Thursday.

    Goal takes a look at the five changes the German tactician should make when they face the Team of Choice:

  2. Kabelo Dlamini
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    Kabelo Dlamini

    The left-footed player was surprisingly dropped from the starting line-up ahead of Pirates' Nedbank Cup clash with Sundowns.

    This is despite Dlamini having been one of Pirates' best players against Libya giants Al Ahli Benghazi in the Caf Confederation Cup match last weekend.

    Dlamini deserves a chance to start this weekend having netted against Maritzburg in the Nedbank Cup clash on February 27 which Pirates won 3-1. 

  3. Siphesihle Ndlovu
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    Siphesihle Ndlovu

    The former Maritzburg midfielder is another player who was surprisingly dropped by Zinnbauer ahead of Pirates' match against Sundowns.

    Ndlovu had produced two solid defensive displays against Al Ahli as a right-back with Bucs keeping two clean sheets, but the Soweto giants conceded four goals in their 4-1 defeat to Sundowns after the 24-year-old was dropped. 

    The versatile player should be recalled to the starting line-up because he has proved to be a consistent performer in the right-back position.

     

  4. Vincent Pule
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    Vincent Pule

    Pirates will be without Frank Mhango when they take on Maritzburg with the Malawi international expected to serve his one-match ban.

    Vincent Pule has been used as an impact player coming on as a substitute in Bucs' last two matches and it is time for Zinnbauer to recall him to the starting line-up.

    One of the skillful winger's best matches came against Maritzburg in the Nedbank Cup game and he managed to find the back of the net.

     

  5. Ntsikelelo Nyauza
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    Ntsikelelo Nyauza

    The versatile defender was deployed as a right-back against Sundowns and he struggled against the likes of Aubrey Modiba and Themba Zwane.

    Prior to that, Nyauza had started two matches against Al Ahli as a centre-back and he flourished which saw him find the back of the net at Orlando Stadium.

    With Thulani Hlatshwayo suspended, Nyauza should be deployed as a central defender against Maritzburg

  6. Fortune Makaringe
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    Fortune Makaringe

    The creative midfielder operated as a deep-lying playmaker against Sundowns and he struggled as he couldn't influence the game. 

    As a result, Sundowns' defensive midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee had enough time to make long passes and one of them led to a goal by Peter Shalulile.

    Makaringe should return to his usual position as an advanced playmaker where he is able to read the opposing defence in order to deliver defence-splitting passes to the strikers.