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Bucs Stars Who Will Want To Finish The Season On A High

Orlando Pirates Players In Need Of First Team Return

By Soccer Laduma - Apr 02, 2018 10:47 AM

With the 2017/18 season nearing its final stages, some players at various teams will be working on impressing their coaches in a bid to secure their futures.

Orlando Pirates is no different, as some of the players in coach Milutin Sredojevic’s team have had a change in fortune during the campaign. 

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Thabo Matlaba, the team’s captain, as well as vice-captain Abbubaker Mobara are some of those players. Having previously been regulars in Bucs’ line-ups, Matlaba and Mobara have dropped down the pecking order in the Serbian coach’s team.

The two players have struggled for regular game-time in recent matches for Bucs, as the Soweto giants are chasing the league title. 

Click through the images for Bucs players who have been notable absentees from the starting line-up

After making an appearance as a late substitute in Bucs’ last game, which was against Golden Arrows on March 17, Matlaba will want to build from that to improve on his progress in the remaining games of the season.

In total, Matlaba has made 15 league starts for Pirates so far this season. His last start was in January, against Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium.

Out of the 24 games for Pirates so far this season, Mobara has made 11 league starts. The player's last appearance for Bucs was during a league game against Polokwane City on January 20.

With Bucs preparing for Wednesday’s league game against Bloemfontein Celtic, Matlaba and Mobara will be some of the players hoping to earn a place in Sredojevic’s starting line-up. 

Musa Nyatama remains the only player with the highest number of appearances for Pirates this season with 22 starts. The midfielder is closely followed on the list by Ntsikelelo Nyauza with 21 starts, as well as Innocent Maela on 19 starts.


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MpyeK Joined: 18 Nov 2012
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MpyeK Apr 04, 2018 09:31 AM
That's nonsense, we don't want him to be more selfish, we need him to play well with other players, to pass the ball when necessary and to score when necessary
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King_YaYa13 Joined: 20 Feb 2014
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King_YaYa13 Apr 02, 2018 05:58 PM
Bopha Buccanneer. Hopefully them gents are pumped up, we can't let Downs run away with the title easy.
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Apr 02, 2018 05:00 PM
Stop insulting us wena cowditor, Gabuza is not a star, he's a cow.
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Apr 02, 2018 04:41 PM
Matlaba,Jele and Mobara are very good players,but our previous coaches gave them a lot of comfort zone.They used to be in the starting 11 even they could first go for shoping.We had poor technical team that had one thing in mind,taking us to Mvela.#UP THE BUCS.
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Apr 02, 2018 04:34 PM
I want to praise the pirates technical team for having confident to other players than the oldies.Makola,Gabuza Jele and Matlaba,had the positions before the game start.I don't blame the boys,but pirates management for hiring clueless coaches.If it was for Micho and Fulani,we would be on the seventh position just because of the oldies.Now every player know what it means playing for the might BUCS.We used to just run the whole ground with the ball,sibe yinhlekisa,but now we play with purpose.#UP THE BUCS.
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dobisto Joined: 04 Aug 2014
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dobisto Apr 02, 2018 03:59 PM
Nyauza must follow s hes a cow
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smo Joined: 30 Dec 2014
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smo Apr 02, 2018 02:34 PM
Matlaba has been owning that no3 for many seasons but failed to stamp any crc authority. So did the makola. Theyv never done enough for the team..
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Apr 02, 2018 01:32 PM
Nyauza must also join the list of cows no one will care about them if not to send them where they belong bench nor sell them for free as they are cheap materials.
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Richardpirates Apr 02, 2018 12:39 PM
They must work hard mayb they'll get a chance but the team is doin well so they must wait
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Joined: 09 Feb 2017
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Apr 02, 2018 12:06 PM
None of the above you mentioned deserve the chance to consider their useless football brain.
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scoreman99 Apr 02, 2018 11:47 AM
Sir cowditor our captain is jele who learn a lot from ELcaptino Lekgwathi his vice captain is Nyathama,matlaba must forget about captaining the ship and focus on regaining his form then mobara yena aya kwi wits since well jali is coming back home Mayfair
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###BUCSELONA Apr 02, 2018 11:46 AM
Gabuza, Makola and Matlaba can leave our team. Their service is no longer needed, they've caused enough damage. Mobara must stay he's our future captain. Chabalala must up his game or else...
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Apr 02, 2018 11:14 AM
#Fair chance for all !!!
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bucs4sure Joined: 13 Aug 2011
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bucs4sure Apr 02, 2018 11:13 AM
This is an attention seeking article. The author want to utilize Bucs mass appeal for SL selfishness
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Apr 02, 2018 11:05 AM
Gabuza must be loaned to Jessica Motaung Fc we have had enough..
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Madredz Apr 02, 2018 10:56 AM
No news here.

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