Nedbank Cup Kaizer Chiefs Pirates Soweto Derby

The Nedbank Cup is heading for a dramatic finish. Image: Nedbank Cup

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates: LATEST Soweto Derby team news

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lock horns in just over 48 hours. We’ve got the latest relevant Soweto Derby team news for you.

Nedbank Cup Kaizer Chiefs Pirates Soweto Derby

The Nedbank Cup is heading for a dramatic finish. Image: Nedbank Cup

Kaizer Chiefs are desperate to reach their 20th Nedbank Cup final, but in their way stands archrivals Orlando Pirates. Here is all of the latest team news for a hotly-anticipated Soweto Derby.

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SOWETO DERBY: The ultimate guide for Chiefs vs Pirates

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Kaizer Chiefs have dilemmas at the back

Kaizer Chiefs central defender Edmilson Dove is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign which gives head coach Arthur Zwane a massive selection headache. Siyabonga Ngezana and Njabulo Ngcobo started the defeat to Swallows but have both come under-fire for their performances in that match.

Club legend and skipper Itumeleng Khune started the recent defeat against Swallows but Brandon Petersen should return to the side after serving a one-match suspension. Keagan Dolly is also out for the remainder of the season. 19-year-old superstar Mdu Shabalala will again look to impress on the big stage in the number 10 role. 22-year-old midfielder Samkelo Zwane is also pushing for a start at the expense of Siyethemba Sithebe.

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Mduduzi Shabalala is one of the finest prospects to come out of Naturena in some time. Image: @kaizerchiefs / Twitter.

Orlando Pirates should be fresh

Pirates handed 17-year-old Relebohile Ratomo a debut in their 1-1 draw against Royal AM on Wednesday. Kermit Erasmus, Bandile Shandu, Fortune Makaringe, Sandile Mthethwa and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo were also handed rare starts. Kabelo Dlamini and Miguel Timm both missed that match through suspension but will return for the Soweto Derby. Timm will operate alongside Thabang Monare at the base of midfield. In-form attacking duo Terrence Dzvukamanja and star man Monnapule Saleng will also all be back.

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Monnapule Saleng of Orlando Pirates during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows on the 14 January 2022 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Only approximately 55 hours until kickoff between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates!

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