Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is likely to rotate his squad again for the home Premiership clash with Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday.
The arrival of players such as Oupa Manyisa‚ George Lebese and Thokozani Sekotlong have provided extra competition for places‚ something Mosimane feels was needed.
Sundowns have had a large squad in recent seasons‚ but not necessarily the fringe players who Mosimane felt he could throw into the fray.
The arrival of the trio changes that though‚ and Mosimane will hope it will keep the intensity high against what is a difficult home clash against an organised and energetic Polokwane side.
Manyisa and Lebese started in the 2-0 Tshwane Derby win over SuperSport United on Saturday‚ which followed a disappointing 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarterfinals the week before.
"They were better than last week‚ they worked harder‚" Mosimane admitted.
"You saw that Sbu Vilakazi was not in the team this week‚ that is the competition we want. Places are up for grabs and there is a lot of talent in the squad."
Mosimane made four changes between his team’s first two matches of the new season and could make at least as many again on Tuesday.
Polokwane were held to a goalless draw by Baroka FC in their league opener‚ which had followed a 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal loss to Cape Town City.
Orlando Pirates go in search of back-to-back league victories for the first time since November when they travel to Limpopo to face Baroka FC on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers opened their season with a 1-0 home win over Chippa United — a positive‚ if unspectacular, start for returning coach Micho Sredojevic.
The Serb gave debuts to Innocent Maela‚ Musa Nyatama and Thami Sangweni in an attempt to freshen up the team‚ believing most of all that Pirates need a boost in confidence.
His new-look backline and selection of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands appeared to offer more solidity ahead of what he admits is another "cup final" for Pirates against Baroka.
Maela is likely to retain his leftback place‚ with captain Thabo Matlaba on the right‚ and Gladwin Shitolo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza the surprise picks in the centre of the defence.
"Thabo Matlaba and Wayne Sandilands have the experience and we have put on their shoulders the responsibility to lead with maturity‚" Sredojevic said.
"We also have Innocent Maela‚ who I told to play his football like he is on the training field. I am happy he played the way he did and provided the assist to the goal [by Thamsanqa Gabuza]. But we are still very far from where we are supposed to be."