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Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus. Photo: iDiski Times

Has Orlando Pirates attacker Romeo found his Juliet?

Orlando Pirates will be gunning for their 11th MTN8 crown tomorrow night, and a developing bromance could be key to their chances.

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Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus. Photo: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates attacker Kermit Romeo Erasmus has a new wingman.

Romeo and his Buccaneers teammates face AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening aiming to secure the club’s 11th crown.

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Kermit Erasmus’ surprise return to Orlando Pirates has been an immediate success. Image: @KickOffMagazine / Twitter.

Has Romeo found his Juliet?

Kermit opened the scoring in Pirates’ emphatic 3-0 MTN8 semifinal second leg win against former club Sundowns, and it was Monnapule Saleng who laid on the assist. When Saleng scored a double against Golden Arrows in the league on October 18th, guess who created both of the goals? You know who.

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The Bromance developing between Erasmus and Saleng will be something that Jose Riveiro leans on heavily against AmaZulu on Saturday.

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Man of the moment: Orlando Pirates striker-cum-winger Monnapule Saleng was virtually unplayable in October. Image via Twitter @Unplayable

Orlando Pirates looking to cook up some chemistry

Although Pirates blew Sundowns away in the semifinals, they’ve lacked consistent attacking chemistry in recent weeks. In their first four matches of October, Bucs scored just once and that was a Veli Mothwa own goal against MTN8 final opponents AmaZulu.

Since then, Saleng has been the outstanding player for Pirates with four goals, including braces against Arrows in the DStv Premiership and Sundowns in the aforementioned MTN8 semifinals.

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Jose Riveiro, coach of Orlando Pirates . Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Erasmus’ opener in that 3-0 thrashing of the Brazilians means that only two Pirates players got on the score sheet in the month of October. Football is all about chemistry, and manager Riveiro will be praying that Erasmus and the in-form Saleng can combine to deadly effect on a more consistent basis.

Every Romeo needs a Juliet.

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Will Kermit & Saleng, Riveiro’s answer to Romeo & Juliet, get November off to a bang? The MTN8 final is being staged on Guy Fawkes Night, after all.

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