Star players to watch:
Dean Furman: The Matsatsantsa midfielder will be key in keeping a potent Pirates attack in check. Against a side that are fast on the break and good in possession, Furman will play an integral role in breaking down Buccaneers attacks and stopping fast breaks. The Bafana Bafana hard-man’s engine is likely to be tested to the limit, but he has all the capabilities to make life very difficult for his opposite number.
Kudakwashe Mahachi: The Zimbabwean winger will have a point to prove against his former employers and with Aubrey Modiba set to miss the clash, he is likely to start from the onset in Mbombela. SuperSport will be hoping he can add more goals to his game, especially in the absence of Modiba who’s versatility is key to how Matsatsanta play.
Augustine Mulenga: The Zambian forward started the season with a bang and in the absence of Thembinkosi Lorch, his goals become even more important. Mulenga’s hard-running nature and knack for goals is a huge boost to any team and Micho will be hoping that he can build on that throughout the current campaign.
Musa Nyatama: A man-of-the-match display in Pirates’ opener this season, Nyatama is one of the most under-appreciated players in the league. His calmness in position is not something that is easily coachable, while his vision is what makes him a joy to play alongside for any attacking teammate.