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Pirates Dealt Huge Defensive Blow

Orlando Pirates have been dealt a huge blow regarding two of the side's key players who formed part of the team’s recent resurgence. 

Following their impressive 3-1 win over Highlands Park at the weekend, the Buccaneers will be without influential defender and vice-captain Ntsikelelo Nyauza for the next match against AmaZulu in Orlando on Saturday. 

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The 29-year-old picked up a yellow card against the Lions of the North, which was his fourth of the season, ruling him out for the next match as he will be serving a one-match suspension.

Nyauza has been influential in central defence for Bucs, playing alongside veteran defender and team captain Happy Jele.

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Nyauza started in all matches under Josef Zinnbauer, since the German coach’s arrival in December, and has been instrumental in helping the Buccaneers to four wins and a draw in their last five fixtures.   

Furthermore, Bucs will also be without Abel Mabaso, who has also been a key figure in Zinnbauer's side, having started in all the matches under the new coach.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns player will also be serving a one-match suspension.      

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