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Pirates coach Tinkler confirms Mpontshane will play against Celtic to protect Ovono for Confed Cup

Posted: 23 August 2015 Time: 13:02

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane will play in Wednesday's Absa Premiership tie with Bloemfontein Celtic to ensure Felipe Ovono remains injury-free for the Confederation Cup.

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New signing Ovono made his first start for Bucs in a 2-0 win over AC Leopards on the weekend, a result which saw Eric Tinkler's men reach the semi-finals of the competition with a game to spare.

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Ovono is the only keeper available to compete in the event, as first-choice gloveman Brighton Mhlongo is injured, while Mpontshane is not registered to do duty in the CAF showpiece.

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"I've said it before and I will say it again, I need to protect Ovono," Tinkler told the club's website.

"He is my only CAF keeper. So Siya will play against Bloemfontein Celtic.

"The reality is that I have four keepers but only two that are fully fit."

Mpontshane was in goal when the Buccaneers thumped Chippa United 4-1 in the League earlier in the week.

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