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Orlando Pirates defender Olisa Ndah responds to Kaizer Chiefs youngster’s threats. Image: (@OrlandoPirates/X)

Four Orlando Pirates walking the suspension tightrope

Here’s an update on the disciplinary situation at Pirates.

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Orlando Pirates defender Olisa Ndah responds to Kaizer Chiefs youngster’s threats. Image: (@OrlandoPirates/X)

Orlando Pirates face Sundowns this weekend in a cracking South African Premier Division clash. Kaizer Chiefs are also in action after a long break.

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Bandile Shandu, Thabiso Lebitso, Olisa Ndah and Thabang Monare are all one yellow card away from suspension. Should any of them collect a caution against Sundowns, they’d miss the following match in the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 on February 24th. The Buccaneers’ opponents for that clash are still to be determined.

Meanwhile, Sifiso Hlanti, Pule Mmodi, Yusuf Maart and Edmilson Dove are all on three bookings for the season. One more caution for any of these Glamour Boys and they’d land an automatic one-match suspension

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


Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates do battle on Saturday 17 February and the possibility of Thembinkosi Lorch facing his old club is an obvious subplot. Lorch swapped Pirates for Sundowns three weeks ago. Speaking on Radio 2000, Downs coach Rulani Mokwena wasn’t giving much away on the topic.

“He’s (Lorch) training with the team like all the other players and he’s looking okay and there is still a lot of work to be done from a physical perspective,” he said.

“His performances will speak for themselves and he knows that. He’s got the responsibility like a lot of players and at Sundowns meritocracy is very important. Lorch has to work hard like everyone else to earn his place in the team and merit a start.”

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Mamelodi Sundowns unveil Thembinkosi Lorch in January. Image: @masandawana/X.

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