Orlando Pirates will rely on captain Happy Jele’s experience as well as Gabadinho Mhango’s goalscoring prowess as they take on nemesis Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium this afternoon (15:30).
The Buccaneers are on a six-match League winning run, only the third time they’ve been able to do so in the PSL era (since 1996/97).
Happy Jele (centre-back)
Jele, 33, is the most capped Bucs player in the Soweto Derby with 26 appearances and followed by Lucky Lekgwathi, who retired with 22 to his name. ‘Magents’ has the responsibility to guide a defence that will no doubt be under a lot of pressure from the Chiefs attackers, notably Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro, who was instrumental in Chiefs’s 3-2 win in their last meeting in November.
Luvuyo Memela (winger)
He always steps up in big matches and Pirates would be hoping the Soweto Derby is no exception, with Memela expected to play a big role in ensuring Pirates win.
Gabadinho Mhango (striker)
Mhango is the Absa Premiership leading scorer with 14 goals and that on its own says a lot about the threat he would pose to Chiefs. The Malawian is a player who takes his opportunities in front of goals and Chiefs have to remember; Mhango was one of the scorers in the last derby, though Pirates went on to lose 3-2.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa