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Orlando Pirates stars Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga in hot soup, suspended from playing soccer


Orlando Pirates stars Thembinkosi Lorch, and Justin Shonga have been omitted from the team to face Mamelodi Sundowns for “breaking protocol”.

The two rivals lock horns at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday, with the match kicking off at 18:00 (SAST).

It’s the first league match in the biosecure bubble, with no spectators allowed in the stadium.

The Buccaneers team sheet was released moments before kick off, with two notable absentees.

Reigning PSL Player of the Season, Lorch was a glaring omission from the starting line-up, along with the Zambian striker.

Neither player features in the matchday squad, and reports coming in from the match venue suggest they have been left out for breaching team protocol.

“It is our role and duty to ensure that all members of this organisation are fully compliant and aware of the measures that are in place,” Pirates said in a club statement.

“Both players will be afforded the opportunity to return to play once the disciplinary processes have been finalised.

“Mr. Lorch and Mr. Shonga will also be required to undergo two COVID-19 tests, which both must be negative, as per the BSE protocols dictate, before they resume any club activities.”

Orlando Pirates

Mamelodi Sundowns

Starting XI: Denis Onyango, Lebogang Maboe, Mosa Lebusa, Ricardo Nascimento, Motjeka Madisha, Rivaldo Coetzee, Sphelele Mkhulise, Hlompho Kekana (captain), Lyle Lakay, Themba Zwane, Keletso Makgalwa.

Subs: Kennedy Mweene, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Promise Mkhuma, Tiyani Mabunda, Jose Ali Meza, Andile Jali, Tebogo Langerman, Nicholus Lukhubeni, Wayne Arendse.

Orlando Pirates

Starting XI: 30. Wayne Sandilands, 23. Innocent Maela, 4. Happy Jele (captain), 5. Ntsikelelo Nyauza, 44. Abel Mabaso, 45. Vincent Pule, 6. Ben Motshwari, 15. Fortune Makaringe, 29. Paseka Mako, 7. Gabadinho Mhango, 17. Augustine Mulenga.

Subs: 1. Joris Delle, 27. Bulelani Ndengane, Nkanyiso Zungu, 32. Linda Mntambo, 20. Xola Mlambo, 11. Luvuyo Memela, 18. Kabelo Dlamini, 34. Thabiso Monyane, 16. Tshegofatso Mabasa.

– The South African

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