Khuzwayo and Erasmus out of Carling Cup

Kaizer Chiefs have been forced into a late change to their Carling Black Label Cup starting line-up with the withdrawal through injury of goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo.


The gloveman will be replaced by Reyaad Pieterse in the prestigious fixture against Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 1 August.

The 23-year-old Pieterse made his debut in the 2013/14 season and has in fact already played a Soweto Derby, keeping a cleansheet when Kaizer Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in November 2013.

Injuries have affected both teams this year, but each has been able to put out a strong starting XI as voted for by their passionate fans.

They will be led by Champion Coaches Sidney Molepo (Kaizer Chiefs) and Tumo Katane (Orlando Pirates) at a sold out FNB Stadium.

In front of Pieterse for Kaizer Chiefs will be a defensive line of fullbacks Kgotso Moleko and Tsepo Masilela, as well as Siboniso Gaxa and Siyanda Xulu in the centre.

Their midfield comprises Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Maluleka in the middle, with George Lebese and captain Siphiwe Tshabalala on the wings.

Up front they will have Bernard Parker and David Zulu.

Orlando Pirates were struck by some late injury blows but have Brighton Mhlongo in goal, behind fullbacks Happy Jele and Patrick Phungwayo. Tsepo Gumede and Siyabonga Sangweni will marshall the centre.

The midfield comprises Issa Sarr and Oupa Manyisa in the middle, with Sifiso Myeni and Thabo Rakhele out wide.

Up front they have the tricky duo of Thamsanqa Gabuz and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Orlando Pirates have won three of the four Carling Black Label Cup matches played to date since 2011.

Carling Black Label would like to thank all of the hundreds of thousands of fans who voted in this year’s campaign and look forward to seeing their team in action!

Chiefs XI: Pieterse, Moleko, Gaxa, Xulu, Masilela, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Maluleka, Lebese, Zulu, Parker

Pirates XI: Mhlongo, Jele, Gumede, Sangweni, Phungwayo, Myeni, Sarr, Manyisa, Rakhale, Gabuza, Majoro