Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic will have to once again call on his backup brigade to fill a couple of holes in his starting XI as two key players will not be available to face Black Leopards on Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers went into the victory against Bidvest Wits at Milpark Stadium without the services of leading goal-scorer Thembinkosi Lorch on Saturday, after the winger had picked up a suspension from accumulating yellow cards throughout the season.
The 25-year-old has since returned and is available for selection along with Vincent Pule and Xola Mlambo, who also sat out the encounter while nursing injuries.
No Mulenga or Ndengane in Leopards clash
Ahead of the clash against Lidoda Duvha, it’s a similar story onice more for the Soweto giants, who will have to do without defender Alfred Ndengane and striker Augustine Mulenga.
Both players were cautioned in the match against Wits, with each taking their tally of yellow cards to four in the current season.
As was the case with Lorch, both will have to serve a one-match suspension which they will see out against the Thohoyandou-based side.
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Orlando Pirates are tied at 44 points with defending league champions Mamelodi Sundowns, but occupy the summit of the table – thanks to superior goal difference.
With the Tshwane giants on Caf Champions League duty over the weekend, the Buccaneers have an opportunity to pull clear of the chasing pack as they have two fixtures in the space of one week before their rivals are due back in PSL action.
Following the match against Leopards, Pirates will host Free State Stars on Saturday, 13 April.