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Is It Time For Mhlongo To Return To Goal?

Felipe Ovono has come under criticism for the two goals he conceded in Orlando Pirates' MTN8 defeat to Bidvest Wits this weekend – is it time for Brighton Mhlongo to return to goal? Let's discuss…

The Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper was in goal against the Clever Boys on Saturday evening, and was guilty of letting in two soft goals as Wits went on to claim a 2-1 victory.

This isn't the first time Ovono has been found guilty for fluffing the ball against Wits. In last season's league match, the shot-stopper famously scored an own goal against Gavin Hunt's side, which saw Pirates lose 1-0.

After that result, he was dropped for two fixtures before returning against Ajax Cape Town for his last appearance of the season. Ovono has only kept two clean sheet against South African clubs. 

Since then, the 23-year-old was announced as one of the players to be transfer-listed by Bucs management, and it was confirmed that he headed to Saudi Arabia for a trial with a club there.

However, a sudden U-turn by Muhsin Ertugral and his management team saw Ovono remain at Mayfair, and he was suddenly thrust between the poles in the Sea Robbers' opening two fixtures of the campaign. 

This has come as a shock for a large portion of the fans, and many have called for the return of Mhlongo after Saturday's defeat.

In addition, Ertugral also has Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Mpontshane at his disposal, leaving him with a variety of options. 

Who do you think should start in goal for Pirates? 

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