Given Thibedi will not feature as a precautionary measure due to a minor niggle, while new signing Sibusiso Mabiliso, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Reeve Frosler will also not take part as they were with the South Africa Under-23 side at the Olympic Games in Japan.
Chiefs will also be starting the season without defensive midfielder Willard Katsande whose contract was not renewed after 10 years at the club.
None of Chiefs’ new signings has been voted to start on Sunday but goalkeeper Brandon Peterson, Sifiso Hlanti, Phathutshedzo Nange, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Cole Alexander and Austin Dube will be on the bench according to fans’ selection.
While Chiefs will be without 10 players, Pirates have also been hit by injuries and will miss four players.
Captain Happy Jele, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Zakhele Lepasa and Zimbabwean attacker Terrence Dzvukamanja are ruled out.All the unavailable players spent a considerable amount of time injured last season.
The last time Chiefs and Pirates clashed in the Carling Black Label Cup in 2019, it was the Buccaneers who emerged with derby bragging rights after winning 2-0.Chiefs would be looking to reclaim this trophy they last won in 2017.
But it is Pirates who have often dominated in this competition as they have previously won it five times against Amakhosi’s record of lifting it on three occasions.
Four editions of this Cup have seen penalty shootouts settling matters. Sunday’s match will be the 174th Soweto derby clash between these traditional foes across all competitions.
They first clashed on January 24, 1970 and Chiefs went on to dominate the Soweto Derby, by winning 71 games compared to Pirates’ 44 victories. The two sides have shared spoils 53 times while five games were abandoned.
Pirates captain Jele and Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are the only players who have featured in all Carling Black Label matches since the start of the competition in 2011