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BREAKING: Orlando Pirates announce starting XI vs Sundowns with Ndlondlo and Lepasa on the bench

Orlando Pirates have named their starting XI to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the DStv Premiership this afternoon.

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Pirates boss Jose Riveiro. Image: BackpagePix

Jose Riveiro has named his Orlando Pirates starting XI to take on Mamelodi Sundowns this afternoon at Loftus Versfeld.

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Olisa Ndah was ruled out before kickoff meaning that Pirates will field a back three of Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinathi Sibisi and skipper Innocent Maela. Ndah, Richard Ofori and Thembinkosi Lorch are all expected to be back in action towards the end of January.

Starting XI (3-4-3)

The formation has been announced as a 4-4-2 on the official Pirates Twitter but it’s certainly a 3-4-3 when the Buccaneers don’t have the ball.

Mpontshane; Xoki, Sibisi, Maela; Monyane, Timm, Motshwari, Hotto; Saleng, Erasmus, Pule


Sipho Chaine, Bandile Shandu, Paseka Mako, Sandile Mthethwa, Thabang Monare, Kabelo Dlamini, Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Fortune Makaringe, Zakhele Lepasa

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