Orlando Pirates return to DStv Premiership action tonight when they host Royal AM at the Orlando Stadium.
Jose Riveiro’s side opened up their 2023/24 league campaign with a disappointing 1-0 loss away against Stellenbosch.
The club will be desperate to bounce back immediately but standing in their way is a Royal AM side with much to prove.
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MaMkhize’s club played out to a goalless draw with neighbours AmaZulu in their opening match of the season.
The Buccaneers are set to be without a number of key player tonight. Take a look at the full list below.
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Orlando Pirates confirm Lorch and Otladisa blow
“I can confirm that Lorch has been ruled out due to injury. He is joined by Otladisa who suffered a blow to the knee after a poor tackle from an opposing player.” – Kutlwano Molefe told the Orlando Pirates website.
“As a medical department, we have acted swiftly to address the injuries and this is key in ensuring the swift turnaround of the injured players to getting ready. Through these interventions, we are confident these players will be back soon.”
The duo joins a list of other injuries which includes Kermit Erasmus, Vincent Pule, Miguel Timm and Kabelo Dlamini.
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Bucs ready to move on from ‘accident’
“I think the last time we lost a game was against Kaizer Chiefs in February. After that we had a fantastic record together and if I have to lose one game, I would like to do it like how we did today, fighting until the end.” Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro told reporters.
“We created opportunities…. Pushed our opponent to the limit. It’s football, it can happen like it happened today that you perform like this and you go home with zero points.
“We are lucky that we get to play on Tuesday again at home and to show there that today was just an accident to lose.”
Royal AM want three points from Orlando Pirates
“I think this game becomes more important for us because we’ve just come from a draw against AmaZulu this past weekend so it’s vital for us to try and grab all three points in the upcoming matc against Orlando Pirates.” Siphesihle Msomi told IOL.
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