Orlando Pirates could be forced to elevate another youngster from the development structures to the matchday squad, as injuries continue to disrupt the plans of the technical team.
After being given a rare start in the CAF Confederation Cup match on Wednesday against Algeria's ES Setif, goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane was replaced in the 24th minute by Wayne Sandilands after picking up an injury.
With the team’s number one Richard Ofori still out after sustaining an injury last month against Setif in Ghana, Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has expressed concern, as the side switches focus to the DStv Premiership against Swallows FC in the original Soweto derby.
Speaking to journalists, the German mentor confirmed that he may have to look at a ‘young keeper’ to replace the injured seasoned keepers.
“The first plan was, or is with Mpontshi, I don’t know 100% now what’s happened but it doesn’t look good. But we have to see what’s happened with the young keeper, then we have to improve the young keeper. I don’t know, we have to wait on what’s happening with the injuries in the next days,” said Zinnbauer.
Although the coach hasn’t revealed the name of the young goalkeeper that could step up, it is believed that he is talking about Elson Sithole who is the captain of the DStv Diski Challenge team.
Sithole has been influential for Mandla Qhogi's side that has won both their matches so far in Mzansi's Reserve League.
Pirates recently handed young defender Thabiso Sesane his first league start against Maritzburg United as veterans Happy Jele and Thulani Hlatshwayo were unavailable due to injury and suspension respectively.
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