Absa Premiership

Preview: Orlando Pirates v Ajax CT

2015-08-04 10:08
Oupa Manyisa has been a permanent feature in the Pirates line-up and has also played some Bafana Bafana games. PHOTO: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Cape Town - The 2015/16 PSL season officially gets under way tonight, with Orlando Pirates playing host to Ajax Cape Town in the quarter-finals of the MTN8.

The Buccaneers head into this week's Orlando Stadium encounter on the back of their Carling Black Label Cup success against bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs, where penalties again decided the season's curtain raiser, with Tendai Ndoro firing home the winning kick after the 90 minutes had finished at 1-1.

The forward, signed from Mpumalanga Black Aces in June, will now be hoping to make his official Pirates debut in the Wafa Wafa, and could get the chance to start after Thamsanqa Gabuza picked up a hamstring injury at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Edwin Gyimah and Amigo Memela are also hopeful debutants for the Sea Robbers, with the pair having been signed in the off-season before coming on substitutes against Chiefs, although Kermit Erasmus will sit this one out after suffering a training-ground injury on the eve of the Black Label Cup.

Ajax, meanwhile, endured a rocky end to their pre-season campaign, failing to win either game at the Cape Town Cup, losing to Sporting Lisbon on penalties in their opener before playing out a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United.

The Urban Warriors are also without striker Nathan Paulse, who misses the start of the campaign with a thigh injury, while Ziyaad Eksteen continues to recover from a broken toe.

Brandon Petersen and Tashreeq Morris are also unavailable, with both having undergone surgery to assist with knee injuries, leaving head coach Roger de Sa light on options across the park.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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