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Starting XI: Pirates v Swallows

Orlando Pirates will be on a quest to claim back-to-back MTN8 titles when they host Swallows FC in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening.


Teams: Orlando Pirates v Swallows FC

Date: 14 August 2021

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Time: 18h00

Pirates claimed the title last season after ending a six-year trophy drought but they could not replicate that form in other competitions, as they finished third in the DStv Premiership.

Pirates have officially confirmed four new signings during the off-season, Goodman Mosele, Bandile Shandu, Kwandakwensizwa Mngonyama and Monnapule Saleng.

Saleng and Austin Muwowo have been loaned to Swallows to get regular game time and are eligible to feature against his parent club today.

The Birds, on the other hand, have qualified for this tournament for the first time in nine years, five of which they spent away from top flight, following their relegation from the top-flight in 2015.

Click through the gallery below to see Pirates' new home and away jerseys: 

Brandon Truter's charges had a credible campaign in their first season back in DStv Premiership last term, as they finished in sixth place and did not lose a single league game on home soil.

The last time Swallows were in the competition was in 2012 when they went all the way to win it under former coach Zeca Marques while the Buccaneers hold the record of having won the MTN8 three times (under the current sponsors).

Here's how they line up:

Pirates: Ofori, Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Jooste, Sam, Mabaso, Makaringe, Dlamini, Hotto, Pule, Tlolane.

Subs: Mpontshane, Mthethwa, Dzvukamanja, Mntambo, Shandu, Mosele, Ndlovu, Mhango, Jele

Swallows: Vries, Letlabika, Sait, Mere, Matlaba, Matlou, Nyatama, Ndlovu, Mokoena, Solomons, Gamildien.

Subs: February, Sibiya, Mhlongo, Mohamme, Mbokoma, Khupe, Makgalwa, Wambi, Saleng.


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