Lucas Moripe Stadium Set for Clash – Orlando Pirates’ Key Players Absent Against Sundowns

Lucas Moripe Stadium Set for Clash – Orlando Pirates’ Key Players Absent Against Sundowns

Following Bafana Bafana’s commendable performance in Afcon 2023, attention now turns to domestic football as Orlando Pirates gear up for a showdown against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The return of key players from international duty raises questions about the Sea Robbers’ lineup and strategy.

DSTV Premiership Fixture: Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Orlando Pirates

As per the Premier Soccer League’s fixtures, the highly anticipated clash between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns is scheduled at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday at 20:00.

Orlando Pirates, currently occupying the fifth position, faces a formidable opponent in log-leaders Sundowns, who remain unbeaten in 14 games.

The fixture sets the stage for an intense battle, with Orlando Pirates seeking to make an impact against the log leaders.

The challenge is magnified by the recent return of Bafana Bafana players from Ivory Coast.

Pirates’ Recent Form and Standing

Under the management of Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates enter the match with three wins and two defeats in their last five games.

The team is positioned four points below a CAF Champions League place and trails Sundowns by 13 points in the league standings.

Orlando Pirates’ recent form indicates a mix of victories and challenges, emphasizing the need for consistency as they face the formidable Mamelodi Sundowns.

Starting Lineup Without Bafana Bafana Players

The return of Bafana Bafana players, including Nkosinathi Sibisi, Thabang Monare, Zakhele Lepasa, and Evidence Makgopa, only allows for a short recovery period.

Consequently, these key players are expected to be rested for the Sundowns match.

The absence of influential Bafana Bafana players poses a tactical challenge for Orlando Pirates.

Manager Jose Riveiro will need to craft a lineup that compensates for the temporary absence of these key contributors.

Anticipated Lineup for Orlando Pirates

In light of the rested Bafana Bafana players, the expected lineup for Orlando Pirates against Mamelodi Sundowns includes:

Goalkeeper: Melusi Buthelelezi

Right-back: Fortune Makaringe

Central defender: Tapelo Xoki

Central defender: Olisa Ndah

Left-back: Deon Hotto

Central midfielder: Thalente Mbatha

Central midfielder: Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo

Forward: Patrick Maswanganyi

Forward: Relebohile Mofokeng

Forward: Kermit Erasmus

Striker: Tshegofatso Mabasa

The lineup reflects the strategic decisions made by the coaching staff to field a competitive team despite the absence of key players.

The match against Sundowns provides an opportunity for other players to step up and make an impact.


The clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates promises to be a captivating encounter, marked by the strategic choices made by both teams.

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