Orlando Pirates get their 2022 MTN8 campaign underway this evening when they travel to the Chatsworth Stadium to face Royal AM.
It’s a winner-takes-all affair in KwaZulu-Natal with both extra-time and penalties on the cards if a winner can’t be decided in regulation time.
Royal AM finished third on the DStv Premiership log standings and subsequently are the home side for today’s tie.
Orlando Pirates on the other hand finished in seventh place and thus make the long journey to KwaZulu-Natal.
Take a look at the latest injury updates ahead of tonight’s clash. Action at the Chatsworth stadium gets underway at 18:00.
Jose Riveiro will be sweating over the fitness of a number of his stars.
Preferred central pairing of Nkosinathi Sibisi and Tapelo Xoki both suffered head injuries during Wednesday night’s clash against Marumo Gallants.
The duo will be carefully monitored ahead of tonight’s clash and may miss out due to the delicate nature of their injuries.
Kabelo Dlamini, Thembinkosi Lorch and Thabiso Monyane are also injury concerns heading into tonight’s clash while Evidence Makgopa is still out injured as well.
Today’s match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL with Kick-off schedule for 18:00.
You can also live stream the clash on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now. A subscription is required.
The Buccaneers last won the MTN8 title in 2020.
The club will be seriously eyeing the first trophy of the season considering the fact that they’re not playing in any continental football thus season.
“The progression is there. I cannot evaluate my players only on the results, that’s too easy. I have to go much deeper, and I do.” the Orlando Pirates coach told Sowetan.
“And I can recognise the progression. I recognise the things we are implementing day after day and how competitive we are at the moment.
“how difficult it is for opponents to get a single scoring chance against us.
Not against SuperSport, but all of these games where you think about the actions where the opponents can score against us.
“If I take maybe the Stellenbosch game where they were closer to us, I think we are doing a fantastic job in the defensive phase.
“And also in the offensive phase to have the ball more than our opponents. When you have the ball Orlando Pirates don’t face attacks.
“We are solid in the transitions and the guys are building the confidence and trust, and getting used to playing together.”