all hands on deck

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Orlando Pirates looks set to end their losing streak in the Absa Premiership at the expense of Santos at Johannesburg Stadium tomorrow night, starting at 8pm.

For the first time since his appointment in August, Bucs coach Ruud Krol will be spoilt for choice with the return of all the injured players.

The returnees include Bennet Chenene, Lebohang Mokoena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane, who are now back at training with the club.

Krol is also over the moon that all their players who were on national duty this week had been given a clean bill of health by the medical personnel.

Teko Modise, Lebogang Mothibanthwa, Rooi Mahumutsa, Innocent Mdledle and Lucas Thwala all featured for Bafana Bafana and Josephy Kamwendo for Malawi.

Krol, who is still to win a match after three opening league games, said they were positive of doing well this time round.

Bucs lost 2-0 to Bay United, 0-1 to Golden Arrows and got a goalless draw against log leaders Wits University.

To date, Pirates are the only side who got a point against Wits.

Some people had questioned why some of his players like Mothibanthwa and Mbuyane were selected for Bafana Bafana but were not regulars at the club.

Krol responded: "They have been injured but are all back in action."

Santos may also not been doing that well, but it is a known fact that they have always given Pirates hell in the past with Thembile Kanono dictating terms in the engine room.

Kanono has crossed the floor to Pirates and is eager to help his new employers get a win against his former teammates.

Former Pirates goalkeeper Francis Chansa has moved in the opposite direction.

Happy Jele looks out of sorts on the right flank, and maybe it is about time that Krol and his lieutenant Ian Palmer give somebody like Mahumutsa a run.

David Bright, Santos coach, said they were out to show Pirates a thing or two.

Bright will look to the likes of Erwin Isaacs, Zvenyika Makonese, Mogogi Gabonamong and Eleazar Rodgers to show Pirates the stars.