Thabo Nodada expected to cause problems for Pirates

The Citizens have only been around since 2016 but they have already tasted cup success in the form of the Telkom Knockout Cup in 2016 and also the MTN8 in 2018 – a year before that, they reached the final of the same competition.

Despite being relatively new, the rivalry between Pirates and City has served up plenty of fireworks, with a staggering 15 goals scored in the last four matches played by these two sides.

The men in blue won the last encounter, edging the Buccaneers in the bubble after a thrilling three-all stalemate in the reverse fixture.

Since The Citizens popped up in the topflight, only one match against the Soweto Giants has failed to produce a goal.

Overall, the team from the Cape has had a slight upper hand, with three wins to Orlando Pirates’ sole victory, with the four other matches ending in a draw.

Key Players

Thabo Nodada: Fresh off earning his first international cap, Nodada will have dusted off the cobwebs ahead of what will be a taxing season. After overcoming his injury issues, the 25-year-old hit the ground running to resume his role as a key member of City’s engine room, occasionally chipping in with a goal.

Surprise Ralani: Ever the menacing presence on the flank, Ralani scored five times, providing nine assists for City last season, and has proven to enjoy the big occasion.

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