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Starting XI: Pirates v AC Leopards

CAF Champions League.

Teams: Pirates v Leopards

Date: 20 July 2013

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)

After enjoying a break, Orlando Pirates will have to quickly find their stride when they host AC Leopards in the CAF Champions League at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

With the league season in South Africa having ended in May, Pirates are short on competitive preparation for the game while Leopards are 17 games into their season and should boast strong fitness levels

The Sea Robbers secured their place in the group stage with a thrilling 3-2 aggregate win over TP Mazembe and they will now battle it out with Leopards, as well as Al Ahly and Zamalek.

The South Africans have suffered a blow the captain Lucky Lekgwathi suspended, along with Patrick Phungwayo. They also have to make do without Tlou Segolela after he failed to agree to a new contract with the club as of yet.

Veteran defender Siyabong Sangweni is still pushing for full fitness but coach Roger de Sa will be boosted by the fact that Rooi Mahamutsa is available.

New signing Lennox Bacela will start upfront after netting a double in their recent friendly with Matlama in the Kings Cup following his switch from Bloemfontein Celtic.

Andile Jali, who suffered an injury scare ahead of the match, passed a fitness test and will start in midfield for the Sea Robbers.

This is how they line up:

Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Rooi Mahamutsa, Thabo Matlaba, Happy Jele, Ayanda Gcabe, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Lennox Bacela.

AC Leopards: Ulrich Mombo, Boris Ngonga, Rudy Ndey, Cesaire Gandze, Hermann Nkodia, Childran Miangounina, Chardin Mfoutou, Herman Lakolo, Heritier Beda, Junior Mouzita, Lawrence Ngoe.

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