Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will face Guinean side, AS Kalouma, in the return leg of their CAF Confederation Cup tie without the services of two sure-fire starters.
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The club’s official website released a statement saying that defender, Siyabonga Sangweni and midfielder, Mpho Makola will not make the clash on Saturday, June 6 due to suspension.
“Defender Siyabonga Sangweni and midfielder Mpho Makola have been ruled out of the CAF Confederations Cup 2nd leg clash against AS Kalouma,” said the statement.
“Both players will be serving their one match suspensions for the match.”
The Buccaneers, who are traditionally South Africa’s best club in terms of continental football, managed to secure a 2-0 win in the first leg in Bamako, Mali.
It has been suggested that Ayanda Gcaba or Happy Jele could be possible replacements for Sangweni, while either Thabo Rakhale or Thabo Qalinge could be in for Makola.
Eric Tinkler made sure to comment on the importance of concentrating on the home-leg of the tie, insisting that anything can still happen.
“Football is a game of two halves,” said Tinkler.
“We are experienced enough to know that we cannot look too much into the first leg’s result because that could lead to the players being complacent.
“We respect our opposition and we will do all we can to prepare thoroughly for the second leg.”
Pirates host Kaloum at the Bidvest Stadium in Braamfontein and kick-off is at 15:00.