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Starting XI: Pirates v Highlands

Absa Premiership
 
Teams: Orlando Pirates v Highlands Park
 
Date: 04 August 2018
 
Venue: Orlando Stadium 
 
Last season's runners-up, Orlando Pirates begin their 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign against returnees Highlands Park on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium.
 
The match is scheduled to get underway at 20h15.
 
The Buccaneers raised expectations of the league title in this new season after finishing second last term, after playing some impressive football under Milutin Sredojevic.
 
The Soweto giants had a low key pre-season, camping in Nelspruit, Zambia and Cape Town in preparation and in anticipation for a serious title challenge.
 
The Bucs have not won a league title in six years, with their last title coming in the 2011-2012 campaign.
 
The Soweto giants announced nine new signings ahead of the season season namely, goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vincent Pule, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Asavela Mbekile, Ben Motshwari, Meshack Maphangule, Linda Mntambo, Abel Mabaso and Paseka Mako.
 
Meanwhile, the Lions of the North will not want to repeat the mistakes from 2016-17 season as rookies in the PSL after they were relegated in the same campaign.
 
To their credit now, Highlands have managed to bounce back by winning the National First Division title last season.
 
The NFD champions have been very busy in the transfer market, having brought in 12 new players for the 2018-2019 season.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Pirates: Sandilands, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Dube, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch, Pule, Mako, Mulenga.
 
Subs: Mpontshane, Thopola, Motshwari, Makola, Mahlonoko, Mahachi, Shonga.
 
Highlands: Kapini, Fransman, Motsepe, Mokoena, Ramoraka, Motlafi, Haoseb, Mahlangu, Rae, Nyembe, Mbatha. 
 
Subs: Heugh, Sibande, Ngebo, Williams, Sekola, Versuur, Msimango.

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