As Orlando Pirates readies itself for yet another duel with Ajax Cape Town in less than a week, the Technical Team has been left to deal with a midfield conundrum ahead of the Nedbank Cup clash on Saturday.

Coming into this match, Micho Sredojević and his brains trust of Rhulani Mokwena and Benson Mhlongo already knew that they would be without the services of Musa Nyatama who collected his fourth booking in Pirates’ 2-1 win over Maritzburg United. However, news from the Medical Team has revealed that they might be without the services of yet another midfielder.

Mpho Makola is doubtful for the cup clash tomorrow as he continues to receive treatment on a back injury. According to the Bucs Medical Team, it’s unlikely that the 31-year old will recover in time for the match.

The absence of both Nyatama and Makola is exacerbated by the injury to Abbubaker Mobara who is also still undergoing rehabilitation with the Strength and Conditioning Team.

Fortunately for the Pirates Technical Team, newly signed midfielder Xola Mlambo is available for selection amongst others.

Other players still receiving treatment for their respective injuries/knocks are:

  • Thabo Qalinge
  • Marc Van Heerden
  • Gladwin Shitolo



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