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Augustine Mulenga in line to make Orlando Pirates debut in Soweto Derby

Posted: 27 February 2018 Time: 10:15

Orlando Pirates' new signing Augustine Mulenga is in line to make his PSL debut in the upcoming Soweto Derby.

Injury news emanating from the Bucs camp is that Mulenga has recovered from a knee problem that saw him miss last weekend's visit to Chippa United.

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The Zambian international, who joined the club from Zanaco FC at the end of January, has been on the backburner since penning a three-year deal after turning out at the 2018 CHAN finals in Morocco last month.

After arriving in the country just a fortnight ago, Mulenga has since secured his work permit but strained a knee in training last week.

[Augustine Mulenga (right) challenges teammate Thamsanqa Gabuza in training at the Rand Stadium on Monday.]

However, the 28-year-old is set to resume training this week in preparation for Saturday afternoon's Absa Premiership encounter with Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium.

"Mulenga is 90 percent back. He should be taking part in proper training for the entire week," confirmed assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena on Monday.

"He's about ready to go. He hasn't missed much but we had to be a little bit more careful with him because it was ligaments around the knee.

"When you think of the work that was done before he came to us, in preparation for the CHAN, you can understand the accumulation of fatigue which led to the scare on his knee."

Mokwena also confirmed the return of utility player Abbubaker Mobara and attacking midfielder Mpho Makola ahead of this weekend's tie.

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Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane has been given the all-clear after taking a knock to the head in the 4-2 win over the Chilli Boys on Sunday, but playmaker Xola Mlambo is still being assessed.

"From the Chippa game, Jackson had a little bit of a concussion scare but he's been checked and granted permission to train with the team," he added.

"We've got a bit of a concern with Xola Mlambo, he's gone for further assessment and we will get more feedback later.

"Musa Nyatama picked up a 'deadleg' but should be okay. A deadleg usually takes about two to three days to heal.

"Gladwin Shitolo is back, he had a grade one ankle sprain and took part in training. What helped is that we also gave him a week off to spend with family in Limpopo."

Article by: Chad Klate

Tags:  Soweto Derby

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