Nedbank Cup: Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates Without Key Players Ahead of Respective Knockout Ties

Nedbank Cup: Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates Without Key Players Ahead of Respective Knockout Ties

Ero Samson
updated at February 22, 2024 at 2:27 PM
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  • The Nedbank Cup continues following the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are on the quest to seal a slot in the last 16
  • The DSTV Premiership duo are set to be without a few players for their knockout ties

The 2023/24 Nedbank Cup is heating up with an exciting lineup of knockout fixtures on the horizon.

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are poised to follow in the footsteps of DSTV Premiership clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United as they face off against Milford FC and SAFA Mpumalanga, in their round of 32 fixtures.

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Miguel Timm is set to Orlando Pirates' Nedbank Cup clash against SAFA Mpumalanga. Image Idiski Times.
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However, as anticipation builds for these pivotal matches, which could significantly influence the trajectory of their respective seasons, both teams find themselves grappling with the absence of key players, adding an extra layer of intrigue to what promises to be an electrifying encounter.

Chiefs, Pirates players to miss Nedbank clash

According to a report from The South African, Kaizer Chiefs will be missing veteran defender, Sifiso Hlanti, for their upcoming match.

The 33-year-old is sitting on four yellow cards, triggering an automatic suspension. As a result, he will be absent from the clash against Motsepe Foundation Championship side, Milford.

Hlanti's suspension has left interim manager, Cavin Johnson, somewhat concerned, as he is now forced to rely on Mozambique defender, Edmilson Dove, in place of his trusted fullback.

A victory for the Glamour Boys in this match could significantly impact their season, representing one of their last chances to secure silverware.

On the other hand, Orlando Pirates will be without defensive midfield maestro, Miguel Timm, who was sent off in their last match against Sundowns. Jose Riveiro's team will turn to reliable Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo for cover when they face SAFA Mpumalanga.

A win for the Buccaneers could also have a positive impact on their season, as their hopes of clinching the DSTV Premiership crown seem increasingly distant, given the current exceptional form of Sundowns.

Kaizer Chiefs signs new forward

Sports Brief in another report stated that Kaizer Chiefs have completed the signing of highly rated forward, Kamogelo Malefo.

The 18-year-old is one of the most sought-after talents in South African football. Malefo scored 16 goals in 18 games last season.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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