A look at the men who will play a key role when Orlando Pirates hosts Mamelodi Sundowns


As the two giants of South African football prepare to lock horns, snl24.com/kickoff looks at the men who will play a key role.

Happy Jele
The most reliable man in the Pirates defence is arguably captain Happy Jele, who has played a key role throughout the campaign. No matter who he is partnered with, Jele is able to communicate well and ensure the defence is organised. He has a big job tonight to stop Sundowns' dangerous attack.

Ben Motshwari
Motshwari, who has a lot of energy in his tank, will have to ensure that he brings his A-game to stop Sundowns from playing in the middle of the park. He'll have to protect the back four and also make the team play when he is in possession of the ball.

Justin Shonga
The Zambian international has grown in confidence after going through a difficult spell some time ago. He is the team’s key man upfront, offering pace, skill and an ability to finish. He also poses a threat with his free kick taking technique.

Hlompho Kekana
One man who enjoys playing against the Buccaneers, at Orlando Stadium, is Kekana. The Sundowns captain has scored a couple of crackers in Soweto and Pirates will no doubt make sure that he does get room to shoot from range. He is a workhorse who is a driving force in the Downs midfield.

Thapelo Morena
The speedy defender is one of Pitso Mosimane's men, due to the fact that he can play in various positions on the pitch. Mostly he is used at right back, but Morena has put in some good shifts at right wing and upfront when called upon. His pace will give Pirates defenders a lot of problems.

Emiliano Tade
The Argentinean has not struggled to find his feet since joining the defending champions in January. After getting his first league goal for Sundowns in the last match against Maritzburg United, Tade's confidence will be high.

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