Orlando Pirates announce their Caf Champions League squad

Orlando Pirates central defender Justice Chabalala (R) was overlooked for the Caf Champions League duty in Zambia despite impressing in the Carling Black Label Cup.
Orlando Pirates central defender Justice Chabalala (R) was overlooked for the Caf Champions League duty in Zambia despite impressing in the Carling Black Label Cup.
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Orlando Pirates have announced their Caf Champions League squad ahead of their preliminary clash against Zambian side Green Eagles on Saturday.

Bucs have named a 28-man squad and have left out the likes of Justice Chabalala‚ as well as Linda Mntambo.

The return leg will be played in South Africa on August 23.

Should Bucs get through‚ they will face the winner between Angolan champions 1° de Agosto and KMKM from Zanzibar in the next round.

In the previous edition of this tournament‚ Pirates failed to make it past the group stage and Micho Sredojevic’s men will be looking to do better this time.

Pirates became the first South African side to win the Champions League in 1995.

The only other SA side to achieve success in the continent’s premium club competition was Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016.

Goalkeepers:

Joris Delle‚ Siyabonga Mpontshane‚ Wayne Sandilands.

Defenders:

Asavela Mbekile‚ Happy Jele‚ Ntsikelelo Nyauza‚ Bongani Sam‚ Innocent Maela‚ Alfred Ndengane‚ Mthokozisi Dube‚ Paseka Mako.

Midfielders:

Thembinkosi Lorch‚ Ben Motshwari‚ Siphesihle Ndlovu‚ Vincent Pule‚ Luvuyo Memela‚ Abel Mabaso‚ Musa Nyatama‚ Fortune Makaringe‚ Kabelo Dlamini‚ Xola Mlambo‚ Tebogo Tlolane.

Forwards:

Gabadinho Mhango‚ Justin Shonga‚ Tshegofatso Mabasa‚ Augustine Mulenga‚ Zakhele Lepasa‚ Austin Muwowo.

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