Absa Premiership

Preview: Pirates v Maritzburg

2014-12-02 13:19
Thabo Matlaba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Thabo Matlaba and Lehlohonolo Majoro are in contention to return for Orlando Pirates when they host Maritzburg United in a Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

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Defender Matlaba has been sidelined since late September with an Achilles injury, while striker Majoro has been nursing an ankle problem in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Happy Jele is also available after sitting out the Buccaneers' previous outing, a goalless draw against University of Pretoria, through suspension.

Patrick Phungwayo, Siyanda Ngubo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza are also fit and available after featuring for Bafana Bafana against Ivory Coast in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Sunday, although coach Vladimir Vermezovic may opt to rest the trio.

Pirates are currently fifth on the league table, with a game in hand over the teams above them. Their 18 points have them one clear of United in sixth.

The Team of Choice, meanwhile, threw away three points in their last game after conceding two goals at the death to go down 2-1 to Moroka Swallows in Pietermaritzburg.

However, a big boost to the side sees David Booysen return from suspension, but Sibusiso Kumalo, Mohau Mokate and Deolin Mekoa are still out.

The latter pair, however, returned to light training but will not be risked this week.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Soweto, United coach Steve Komphela said: "It's a difficult game we have now to try and redeem ourselves against Pirates.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we know we'll have to be ready at the FNB Stadium.

"It's never good to lose, but perhaps losing the last game was a good thing. It brings us down to mother earth and we'll have to improve from here, especially in front of goal where we were disappointing against Swallows."

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