Pirates players to watch v Celtic


Orlando Pirates have not won a trophy since they claimed the 2014 Nedbank Cup and now have an opportunity to end their six-year trophy drought as they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 final on Saturday evening at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It won’t be an easy match for Pirates as they will be up against a motivated Celtic side trying to get their hands on the R8-million prize money due to the financial difficulties the club has faced in recent years.

Three Pirates stars who will shine in the MTN8 final…

Vincent Pule

The left-footed winger has been one of the standout performers for the Buccaneers this season.

Having bagged a brace in Pirates’ last encounter against Cape Town City recently, Pule will be one of the players expected to help the Soweto giants end their trophy drought.

Pule remains Pirates’ orchestrator-in-chief and he also has an eye for goals and will be keen to play an instrumental role in helping Pirates secure victory on Saturday evening.

Thulani Hlatshwayo

The Bafana Bafana captain led the now-defunct Bidvest Wits to the MTN8 crown and Premiership title a few years ago.

At Pirates, Hlatshwayo has jumped the queue, co-captaining the club with Happy Jele.

Hlatshwayo is expected to lead the line this evening in Durhan.

His arrival at Pirates has had a huge impact on the club.

Pirates have yet to concede a goal in the MTN8 competition this season and huge credit should be given to Hlatshwayo and co. for making what was an often fragile Pirates defence more resilient.

Ben Motshwari

In a team boasting a lot of midfield depth and playing for a coach that rotates his squad, Motshwari’s importance is underlined by the mere fact that he has played more often for the ‘Buccaneers’ this season.

He will have another important role to play versus a Celtic team that have had the better of Pirates in the past.

Motshwari will require some attention, as allowing him some space – from almost anywhere on the field – has hurt many sides in the past.  

The hard working midfielder also offers invaluable experience in the middle of the park.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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