The Orlando Pirates players that were sent out on loan during the course of the 2018/19 season are expected to return to the club for an “assessment” before a final decision can be taken on their future.
Following what the Siya crew reported in last week’s edition of Soccer Laduma about the Buccaneers’ loan army – among them Tercious Malepe and Phetso Maphanga – it has now been confirmed by coach Micho Sredojevic that the duo, and others, are expected to return to the club.
Pirates haven’t yet made official announcements on the new arrivals and exits ahead of the upcoming season, but it is understood the club has already signed Tebogo Tlolane from Chippa United, Maritzburg United’s Fortune Makaringe and are closing in on Bloemfontein Celtic’s Bongani Sam.
“We shall inform you about the process of offloading,” Sredojevic told journalists at the recent launch of the Carling Black Label Cup.
“Always there is a deeper analysis – who is supposed to leave, who is supposed to come, who is supposed to go on loan and who is supposed to come back from loan. Those are the questions that will be answered prior to us starting pre-season on the 16 and 17th of June.”
Sredojevic admitted it would be tough to make the call on who stays and who goes, but the technical team will have enough time.
“It will be, but we shall have at least three weeks with them to see whether they have grown enough to make the significant difference. Are they ready to come in, add their stamp and value or just add the numbers. Maybe they will need mileage in other teams before coming to us,” the coach explained.
Apart from the CBL clash against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs on July 27, the Buccaneers have not yet confirmed their pre-season schedule.