Stellenbosch look to claim Pirates’ scalp

Stellenbosch look to claim Pirates’ scalp
Tshegofatso Mabasa of Orlando Pirates (c) celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 football match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 14 September 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 25, 2019. 12:00

Stellenbosch will chase the scalp of Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership when the teams meet at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 26 October 2019, kick-off at 15h30.

Stellenbosch finally claimed their first top-flight win just before the international break, defeating Polokwane City 2-0 in the Limpopo province on October 2, thanks to goals from Waseem Isaacs and Iqraam Rayners. Stellies have drawn both of their home matches so far in 2019/20.

Pirates were last in league action way back on September 28, when they were held 3-3 at home by Cape Town City. The Buccaneers came from 0-2 down in the match, which included a fourth goal in the space of three Absa Premiership matches from Tshegofatso Mabasa.

In head-to-head terms, this will be the first top-flight meeting of Stellenbosch and Orlando Pirates. However, when the former team was still known as Vasco Da Gama, the clubs met twice in the 2010/11 PSL season: the Buccaneers completed a league ‘double’ by winning 2-1 in Cape Town and 2-0 in Soweto.

Stellenbosch’s line-up from their 2-0 win over Polokwane on October 2: De Jong, Mthethwa, Johannes, de Goede, van Heerden, Mobbie, Zungu, Awono (Moroole 73’), Skelem (van Rooyen 81’), Isaacs, Rayners (Ndlovu 83’).

Pirates’ line-up from their 3-3 draw with City on September 28: Delle, Monyane, Jele, Ndengane, Maela, Mlambo (Ndlovu 56’), Nyatama (Memela 88’), Makaringe, Lorch, Mabasa, Dlamini (Pule 70’).

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