Orlando Pirates are close to handing out a debut to another star as games are coming thick and fast for the team after the FIFA international break.

Following their 0-0 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final tie on Saturday, the Buccaneers have switched focus to their DStv Premiership campaign, with a match against Sekhukhune United awaiting on Tuesday evening at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Against Downs, Bucs handed out debuts to new signing Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, as well as Monnapule Saleng who had been yet to play for the club since being signed last year and spent the previous season on loan at Swallows FC, while Kermit Erasmus also got a run to mark his return to the Soweto giants.

According to sources, Evidence Makgopa is nearing making his debut, having made notable progress in regaining fitness after being disrupted by injury.

The Bafana Bafana striker joined Bucs from Baroka FC at the end of last season but had been kept out of the team by ankle injury.

With Pirates coach Jose Riveiro set to finalize the travelling squad for the Sekhukhune match, the 22-year-old forward is one of the players to have raised their hands for possible selection as the Buccaneers are in desperate need of adding goals to their game to complement their improved performances.


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