Siya's surprise Bucs pick for Derby start


Former Orlando Pirates captain Siyabonga Sangweni has revealed who he thinks should start at centre-back in the Soweto Derby in the absence of Happy Jele.

Pirates are set face in-form Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday without the services of their current captain Jele after he received a red card during the league game against Maritzburg United on Tuesday.

Jele is the second player to be sent off at Pirates in less than a week after Mthokozisi Dube was also shown his marching order during the Telkom Knockout game against Kaizer Chiefs in Durban.

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It remains to be seen how Bucs coach Rhulani Mokwena will reshuffle his defence ahead of the most crucial game against Amakhosi on Saturday.

Alfred Ndengane and Justice Chabalala remain options to partner Ntsikelelo Nyauza in the heart of defence even though the former was guilty of a mistake for the goal conceded by Pirates during the league match against Stellenbosch in Cape Town a few weeks ago.

Ndengane has remained in the stands since the accident while Chabalala sat on the bench for the past two games.

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"It's a difficult position," the former Sea Robbers centre-back tells

"I watched the Black Label game against Chiefs and I think Jele and Chabalala did well. They formed a good combination. They have not played that much together and probably the coaches see something different at training and we have to respect that.

"Going to the Derby on Saturday I will go for Chabalala. He is a good man-marker and can deal with aerial balls."

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Meanwhile, Pirates are set to welcome back attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch after he served his one-match ban against Maritzburg United.