Orlando Pirates have identified two Mamelodi Sundowns stars to monitor closely ahead of their upcoming match.
The Buccaneers, who have showed some resurgence with their improved performances and results under new coach Josef Zinnbauer, will host title-chasing Sundowns at Orlando Stadium in their eagerly-anticipated Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday evening.
The Brazilians go into the match on the back of qualifying for the CAF Champions League quarterfinals at the weekend.
In previewing the match on the club’s official website, Pirates have selected Hlompho Kekana and Gaston Sirino as the two key Sundowns players that Zinnbauer’s team will have to look out for.
Hlompho Kekana: Bucs players - and fans alike - will know all about Hlompho Kekana’s trademark thunderbolts, having been hurt by a couple in recent times. The Sundowns skipper is not only a goal threat from pretty much anywhere near the opposition half, but also a tireless presence in the midfield.
Gaston Sirino: Pulling the strings and making Sundowns’ frontline tick is Gaston Sirino, who has picked up eight goals across competitions this season. The Venezuelan could once more be a handful, and will require the Pirates defence to be on top of their game as long as he is on the field.
The two sides lock horns at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday at 19:30.