ORLANDO Pirates have been forced into change on the eve of their Carling Black Label Cup encounter with Kaizer Chiefs after the news that striker Kermit Erasmus has dropped out of their starting line-up with a hamstring injury. Erasmus will be replaced by Thamsanqa Gabuza, with new signing Tendai Ndoro moving onto the bench.
The sold-out clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday has seen fans of both Soweto giants choose their starting line-ups for the encounter, though both teams have been affected by injuries this year.
Orlando Pirates will have Brighton Mhlongo in goal, behind fullbacks Happy Jele and Patrick Phungwayo. Tsepo Gumede and Siyabonga Sangweni will marshall the centre.
The midfield comprises Issa Sarr and Oupa Manyisa in the middle, with Sifiso Myeni and Thabo Rakhele out wide. Up front they have the dangerous of Gabuza and Lehlohonolo Majoro.
Kaizer Chiefs will have Reyaad Pieterse in goal, with a defensive line of fullbacks Kgotso Moleko and Tsepo Masilela, as well as Siboniso Gaxa and Siyanda Xulu in the centre.
Their midfield comprises Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Maluleka in the middle, with George Lebese and captain Siphiwe Tshabalala on the wings. Up front they will have Bernard Parker and David Zulu.
The two sides will be led from the bench by Champion Coaches Sidney Molepo (Kaizer Chiefs) and Tumo Katane (Orlando Pirates).
Orlando Pirates have won three of the four Carling Black Label Cup matches played to date since 2011.
Carling Black Label would like to thank all of the hundreds of thousands of Champion Coaches who voted in this year’s campaign and look forward to seeing their team in action!
Chiefs XI: Pieterse, Moleko, Gaxa, Xulu, Masilela, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Maluleka, Lebese, Zulu, Parker
Pirates XI: Mhlongo, Jele, Gumede, Sangweni, Phungwayo, Myeni, Sarr, Manyisa, Rakhale, Gabuza, Majoro