Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at the Orlando Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Orlando Pirates face defensive CRISIS for Nedbank Cup quarter-finals

Time for Mr Riveiro to earn his money here for the defending champions.

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at the Orlando Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X

The defending Nedbank Cup champions, Orlando Pirates, might have a battle on their hands to beat AmaZulu in this season’s quarter-finals. They face a defensive injury crisis.


Orlando Pirates without three key central defenders?

Nkosinathi Sibisi missed the 7-1 win over Arrows after his dismissal against Swallows for dissent. Fellow central defender Tapelo Xoki picked up his fourth yellow card of the campaign against Arrows, meaning he’s ruled out against Usuthu. Meanwhile, Olisa Ndah is still nursing an injury, which means the Buccaneers look a little light in the heart of defence with all three unavailable against AmaZulu. Pirates might need to field a new partnership in defence with Sandile Mthethwa and Thabiso Sesane, the most obvious options in that regard. Regular left-back and club captain Innocent Maela could also deputise in that position.

Orlando Pirates defender Olisa Ndah has receovered from injury Image Source: (@ThandiMerafe/Twitter)
Orlando Pirates defender Olisa Ndah. Image Source: (@ThandiMerafe/Twitter)

AmaZulu vs Pirates this weekend in the Nedbank Cup quarters

Pirates face AmaZulu on Saturday 13 April at 18:00 from Moses Mabhida Stadium. The University of Pretoria, the only lower-league side left in the competition, face the might of Sundowns on Friday evening while Stellenbosch and SuperSport meet on Saturday at 15:00 in a tasty-looking clash. TS Galaxy and Chippa will enjoy their moment in the sun on Sunday as they battle for a place in the semifinals.

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The Nedbank Cup 2024 trophy. Image: @safootclassics/X.

ORLANDO PIRATES’ BEST EARNERS

According to Briefly, the club’s earner is taking home R500,000 a month, information corroborated by salarypedia.co.za. Here goes, with all figures mentioned as monthly salaries:

  • 1. Deon Hotto: R500,000
  • 2. Kermit Erasmus: R350,000
  • 3. Richard Ofori: R300,000
  • 4. Evidence Makgopa: R200,000
  • 5. Fortune Makaringe: R185,000
  • 6. Vincent Pule: R170,000
  • 7. Innocent Maela: R150,000
  • 8. Thagang Monare: R150,000
  • 9. Zakhele Lepasa: R150,000
  • 10. Goodman Mosele: R150,000 (on-loan at Chippa).

For extra context, key central defender Olisa Ndah is collecting just R107,000 a month. Miguel Timm takes home R120,000. Who do you think is deserving of their salary in this list and who’s being shortchanged?

Pirates Nedbank Cup Erasmus
Kermit Erasmus of Orlando Pirates celebrates victory with fans during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Swallows FC and Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg on 03 March 2023 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

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