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
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