Orlando Pirates Monnapule Saleng

Bucs and Bafana man Monnapule Saleng. Photo: @orlandopirates / twitter

Predicted Bafana Bafana XI vs Liberia: THREE Pirates stars make the cut

We expect THREE Orlando Pirates stars to get selected by Bafana Bafana manager Hugo Broos for a crunch AFCON qualifier against Liberia.

Orlando Pirates Monnapule Saleng

Bucs and Bafana man Monnapule Saleng. Photo: @orlandopirates / twitter

As many as THREE Orlando Pirates stars are expected make the starting XI for Bafana Bafana against Liberia on Friday night.

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Predicted Bafana Bafana XI vs Liberia

Williams; Mobbie, Xulu, Sibisi, Maela; Mokoena, Mvala; Saleng, Zwane, Tau; Foster

Ronwen Williams is the obvious pick in goal. Sundowns have conceded just nine goals in 23 league outings this term, and Williams has been in between the sticks for 20 of those matches, conceding just seven times. In front of the experienced keeper, impressive Pirates duo Nkosinathi Sibisi and Innocent Maela should have the left-side of defence locked down.

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The outstandingly talented Monnapule Saleng should also get a start. The Buccaneers wide man has eight goals in the PSL season, and could combine with Percy Tau and Lyle Foster to deadly effect. It’s an intriguing potential attacking trio, for sure.

Could Minnesota United striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane also stake a claim for a place in the starting XI in the wide attacking areas? What about Sphephelo ‘Yaya’ Sithole at the base of midfield? Broos has options.

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Orlando Pirates fans expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Kickoff from Orlando Stadium on Friday night is at 18:00. What do you think of this lineup? What changes would you make if you were the South Africa boss?

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