Bucs star in tight race for Derby


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer is sweating over the availability of their most prominent attacker ahead of Saturday's Soweto Derby encounter.

Pirates could be without the services of striker Gabadinho Mhango when they come up against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Saturday (15h00).

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The Malawi international, who was the club and league's top goalscorer in 2019/20, suffered a groin strain in their midweek encounter against Stellenbosch and is now in a race against time to make it back into the squad for the MTN8 semi-final first leg.

However, while Zinnbauer admits the 28-year-old is a vital part of his setup, he is confident that he has enough in his arsenal to put out a solid showing against Amakhosi.

"They are working on it [the injury], he had a scan on Thursday but I will speak with the medical team and the doctor, and then I will get information," Zinnbauer told the media.

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"I hope it's good, but it was not so [good] after the game on Wednesday, and we hope now he gets better and we have a chance that we can use him on Saturday.

"Mhango is a top striker and it's always bad when we lose a top striker, but we have other players in the team who can also score.

"You saw on Wednesday, we had chances to score with [Zakhele] Lepasa, Terrence [Dzvukamanja] and [Vincent] Pule, so we have players that can score. I hope we have Gaba, but we have other players too, and they can also score."

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