Pirates players to watch in Derby


Orlando Pirates are firmly in the driving seat as they carry a 3-0 lead heading into the MTN8 semifinal second leg tie against fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs this afternoon (15:00) at FNB Stadium.

With one foot in the MTN8 final after a dominant first leg win last week, Pirates will arrive at FNB Stadium in high spirits as they also recorded their first DStv Premiership victory of the season on Wednesday when they edged Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0.

Three Pirates players to watch out for in the Soweto Derby clash.

Zakhele Lepasa

Lepasa was one of the top performers when the Buccaneers dismissed Amakhosi last week in the first leg as he netted the first of the three goals for Pirates.

With last season’s top goal scorer Gabadinho Mhango out due to injury, Pirates assistant coach coach Fadlu Davids, who’s the man in charge since Josef Zinnbaeur is in Germany attending to a family matter, will turn to Lepasa for goals and wrap up the game.

The 23-year-old striker has featured in all Pirates matches so far this campaign and is expected to start again on Sunday.

Vincent Pule

Pule is definitely one player to watch as both Thembinkosi Lorch and Terrence Dzvukamanja remain a doubt for the derby due to injury.

If his trickery on the ball and vision can come together for Pirates then life without Lorch, Mhango and Dzvukamanja this afternoon shouldn’t prove to be too much of a problem.

Pule’s skills, pace and movement could well be the undoing of Chiefs, especially if you take into consideration their poor defensive record so far this season with seven goals already conceded.

The winger might have failed to replicate the form he showed in the 2018/19 campaign last season, but still offers a notable threat.

Ben Motshwari

Motshwari is heralded for his high work rate and his ability to both attack and defend equally well.

The industrious midfielder will play a vital role in keeping the Pirates midfield solid and also ensure that the Chiefs midfielders don’t have freedom on the edge of the Pirates box. He also tracks back and assists in defence.

He has started each of Pirates’ five games this season and has established himself as a key member for the Soweto giants.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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