Pirates v Maritzburg players to watch


Orlando Pirates host Maritzburg United tonight in the Absa Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium. Kick off is at 19:30.

The Buccaneers may have it tough against the Team of Choice.

Maritzburg are a high-flying team at the moment winning 5 games in a row across all competitions and recently booked their place in the semi finals of the Telkom Knockout, winning 4-3 on penalties against Highlands Park.

FARPost.co.za picks the key players for tonight’s encounter.


Fortune Makaringe

He needs no motivation today facing his former side. Makaringe will be looking to continue his good run against The Team Of Choice today. Although Makaringe is yet to open his goals account in the Absa Premiership, he does have a goal and an assist in the TKO tournament but there’s no better sweet revenge than to score your opening goal in the league than against your former side.

Ghabadinho Mhango

Gabadinho Mhango.

After coming off the bench in the Soweto Derby and making an immediate impact By scoring a goal, the Malawian international could be a direct replacement for Thembinkosi Lorch who is out on suspension today. Mhango will be looking to impress his coach Rulani Mokwena and add to his tally of 3 goals so far for the Buccaneers .


Siyanda Xulu

The 27-year-old is expected to bring his best performance out on the pitch today to tame a pacey Orlando Pirates attack and be cautious with the tackles made in the box. He will also be pivotal in set piece play for Maritzburg United. He has 8 league starts and 1 goal.

Thabiso Kutumela

Thabiso Kutumela.

Since joining Maritzburg in January after a rather disappointing spell at Pirates, Kutumela has hit the ground running starting 8 games across all competitions and scoring 3 goals. The 26-year-old forward also needs no motivation tonight playing against his former side. He would look to prove a point and continue his impressive run at The Team of Choice.

By Amahle Siphungu

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