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Five-Match Absence Over, Bucs Star’s Return Explained

Orlando Pirates head coach, Milutin Sredojevic, has reflected on Xola Mlambo’s return for the team, following the midfielder's five-match absence. 

Mlambo made his return for Bucs as a second half substitute during their Absa Premiership match against Cape Town City, which ended in a 2-2 draw at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.  

Read: What Micho Blames For Bucs’ Disappointing Draw 

The central midfielder’s last match for the Buccaneers was against Golden Arrows in March, before he was stopped in his progress by injury. 

“We introduced the change with Xola Mlambo coming in as a third midfielder in order to close the central midfield and to help on the sides in order for the crosses to be limited. But in the same moment, to not defend by defending, but defend by possessing the ball and defend by going up,” Sredojevic told the media after the match on Saturday.

Read: Nine Chiefs Stars Who Would Make Khanye’s Exit List 

Mlambo, 27, will hope to have done enough to impress Sredojevic and his technical team for a return to Bucs’ starting line-up for the last match of the season, which will be against Polokwane City on Saturday.      


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