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Thabiso Kutumela replaces Mpho Makola for Orlando Pirates' clash with Bidvest Wits

Posted: 15 February 2017 Time: 16:07 has been informed that Mpho Makola will miss Orlando Pirates' clash with Bidvest Wits tonight due to an injury he sustained in the club's 6-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Fellow attacker Thabiso Kutumela is set to take Makola's place in the match-day squad, according to a source.

"The squad that will be playing tonight is similar to the one you saw on Saturday," says the source.

"There's only two changes. Mpho Makola is not in the team today because of the injury he sustained on Saturday. In his place comes Thabiso."

Wingers Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Qalinge and midfield enforcer Issa Sarr have already been ruled out of the contest at Orlando Stadium, while Gift Motupa and Edwin Gyimah are doubtful.

Meanwhile, the source says the players were naturally affected by the fan violence that erupted during the tie with Downs at Loftus Versfeld.

"Obviously the players sometimes do think about what happened on Saturday might happen today. They had to run for their lives but what can they do? It's their careers, because it's their jobs they have to do it.

"But coach 'Njenje' [Augusto Palacios] told them to forget about what happened on Saturday."

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Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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