Revealed: Orlando Pirates XI to play Sekhukhune United in PSL - Hotto, Saleng dropped

Jose Riveiro, Orlando PiratesBackpage

Orlando Pirates will play Sekhukhune United on Tuesday at Peter Mokaba Stadium optimistic of collecting maximum points in their bid to close the gap between them and leaders Masandawana.

Bucs have a game in hand and have 14 points while the defending champions have collected 19 from the nine Premier Soccer League matches.

Pirates coach Jose Riveiro would be keen for his charges to reproduce the MTN8 semi-final performance in the 0-0 draw with Sundowns last Saturday but with positive results this time around.

Here is how they are lining up for the encounter.

  • Richard Ofori of Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Goalkeeper: Richard Ofori

    The Ghana international stopper has managed clean sheets in Pirates' last two games and would want to continue on that path.

  • Thabiso Monyane of Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Right Wing-Back Thabiso Monyane

    The 22-year-old has recovered from injury and came on as a second-half substitute against Sundowns. After an impressive cameo, he has started the game.

  • Paseka Mako of Orlando Pirates challenges Thabo Nodada of Cape Town City.Backpagepix

    Left Wing-Back: Paseka Mako

    Deon Hotto has been relegated to the bench with Mako starting.

  • Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, August 2022Backpagepix

    Centre-Back: Innocent Maela

    It looks like the centre-back position is now Maela's permanent role and he has so far impressed in that area.

  • Tapelo Xoki, Orlando Pirates, September 2022 Backpagepix

    Centre-Back: Tapelo Xoki

    Xoki replaces Olisa Ndah at the back. The Nigeria international had started six league games this season.

  • Nkosinathi Sibisi Orlando Pirates 2020.Backpagepix.

    Centre-Back: Nkosinathi Sibisi

    The former Golden Arrows skipper completes a three-man lineup in central defence.

  • Thabang Monare of Orlando Pirates.Backpagepix.

    Central Midfield: Miguel Timm

    The lanky midfielder has been one of Pirates' top performers this season and he has limited Ben Motswari and Thabang Monare's playing opportunities.

  • Goodman Mosele, Orlando Pirates, August 2022Backpagepix

    Central Midfield: Goodman Mosele

    Mosele was returning from suspension against Sundowns and receiving game time with Bafana appeared to have helped him stay on top of his game.

  • Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022Backpagepix

    Creative Midfielder: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

    What a terrific start for Ndlondlo in Pirates colours and he would be hard to ignore against Sekhukhune.

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, March 2022Backpagepix

    Striker: Kabelo Dlamini

    Despite Monnapule Saleng impressing against Sundowns, Dlamini gets starts ahead of him.

  • Zakhele Lepasa, Orlando Pirates, September 2022Backpagepix

    Striker: Zakhele Lepasa

    Lepasa would be hard to overlook as his game appears to have improved; he has beaten Kermit Erasmus to the starting berth.