Rejuvenated Bucs backed to beat Downs in MTN8

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Orlando Pirates players take the field during the DStv Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and TS Galaxy at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
Orlando Pirates players take the field during the DStv Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and TS Galaxy at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
Sydney Seshibedi

Orlando Pirates have been backed to topple Mamelodi Sundowns in their upcoming MTN8 semi-final clash.

After seeing off Royal AM in the quarter-finals, the Buccaneers have been drawn against competition defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals of the 2022 MTN 8.

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Orlando Pirates' retired midfielder Shakes Gwabeni believes his former side has what it takes to unseat the Brazilians.

"We’ve started the season well and we’re looking very good," he told KickOff.

"The team is solid and organised. I think we are going to beat them [Sundowns].

"Yes, they [Sundowns] are very tough. We can’t deny their quality. It will be a big test but we’ve seen that it’s possible to beat them," Gwabeni added.

Statistically, the Buccaneers have one of the tightest defences in the league this season.

Pirates also have made crucial additions on Thursday's transfer deadline and will be now looking to pose a serious challenge to Sundowns' recent dominance on all fronts.

The semi-finals will be played over two legs, with the first one to be played at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 1 October and the return match to be played at the new Peter Mokaba stadium on 22 October 2022.

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