Star returns as six players boost Bucs

Telkom Knockout

Orlando Pirates are set to welcome back star midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch and five other players for the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs.

The Buccaneers travel to Durban to face Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals on Saturday fresh off the back of a return to winning ways against Highlands Park.

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Pirates rested Lorch during the 1-0 league win over Highlands in Tembisa on Tuesday as he was sitting on three yellow cards and risked a suspension, but the Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season returns for the big cup tie.

Meanwhile, Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has declared a clean bill of health in his team ahead of the trip to Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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"Fortunately now we've got a clean bill of health. [Mthokozisi] Dube is back, [Innocent] Maela is back, Ben Motswari is back, [Augustine] Mulenga has just returned from injury, [Justin] Shonga is back," he confirmed.

"We are trying to get our [best] team back onto the pitch. It's not easy but we just keep going."

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