Pirates will relay on their 12 Man to be African giant Alhly

Pirates will relay on their 12 Man to be African giant Alhly
Image /Smanga Khumalo

Image /Smanga Khumalo

The Ghost as the Buccaneer faithful are known by, will flock to Orlando Stadium in their droves as they have been doing throughout the competition this year and for the players and the technical team, it will be about repaying the faith that the supporters have been displaying however, Tinkler and his technical team have an unenviable challenge of having to try and select a winning combination minus a number of key players.

In defence, Tinkler and his technical team will be without the services of the Happy Jele and Siyabonga Sangweni who will be serving their respective suspensions. In hindsight one could have wished to see the technical team leave out Jele and Sangweni out of the match against Zamalek and both players’ yellow cards from the group stages would have been expunged however that is in the past.

The reality facing the technical team now is that they need to rearrange their back four once again from the one that played against Polokwane City recently – this is because there is no Happy Jele and no Edwin Gyimah available for selection. However, Patrick Phungwayo, Ntsikeleli Nyauza and Ayanda Gcaba are available for selection.

In midfield, there’ll also be a change. The major one coming in place of Bucs’ talisman Oupa Manyisa who fractured his ankle in Bucs’ previous league encounter. In his place, Tinkler and his technical team will look towards the likes of Thandani Ntshumayelo, Issa Sarr, Gift Motupa and Menzi Masuku.

It’s a clean bill of health up front with Lehlohonolo Majoro, Kermit Erasmus and Thamsanqa Gabuza available for selection

Article:Madoda Ntuli

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