Orlando Pirates are busy in the market trying to assemble a squad that will finally end their trophy drought and KickOff.com looks at how they could line-up next term.
In the goalkeeping department Wayne Sandilands finished the season as the side’s number one shot-stopper, but Brilliant Khuzwayo could finally see himself breaking into the team and possibly playing regularly. The former Kaizer Chiefs shot stopper is currently the favourite to start in goal for the upcoming Carling Black Label Cup, which would give him a chance to impress after struggling with injury in the last campaign.
In defence the Buccaneers look set to continue with Happy Jele and Alfred Ndengane as partners, while Mthokozisi Dube could play at right-back and new man Bongani Sam at left-back, with Innocent Maela having been linked with an overseas move. Siphesihle Ndlovu, signed from Maritzburg United, can also play at left-back.
The midfield is where there will be loads of competition, with the arrival of players such as Fortune Makaringe, Ndlovu and Kabelo Dlamini coming in ahead of the new campaign. Ben Motshwari is likely to start in the holding role after he starred there last term, with Makaringe and Nyatama as his partners, though Xola Mlambo is another option. Thembinkosi Lorch, who is also linked with a move abroad, and Luvuyo Memela will provide the creativity on the wings.
Up front Tshegofatso Mabaso could be the man Pirates bank on after he scored nine league goals for Celtic, ahead of Augustine Mulenga.
Justin Shonga, who started most of the team’s matches up front, has been linked with a move away from the club.