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Pirates Technical Team Member Resigns

One of Orlando Pirates’ first team technical staff members has handed in his resignation and departed the club.

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After Saturday’s 3-0 Soweto Derby win against Kaizer Chiefs, Michael Loftman, first team performance analyst at Pirates, resigned from his role to pursue new opportunities.

Having arrived in April 2018 in an analysis position, Loftman also spent six months as head coach of Bucs’ Multichoice Diski Challenge team. He leaves Pirates after two years. 

Loftman who is a highly-qualified coach having completed his UEFA A Coaching Licence, has worked for Tottenham Hotspur as a development coach and had a short spell as head coach of Zambian side, Lusaka Dynamos. 

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His resignation leaves Orlando Pirates with a smaller technical team than usual for upcoming games after Josef Zinnbauer flew home for a family emergency.

The young coach and analyst recently completed his first football book, entitled, 'Theories & Concepts for Football Management & Coaching'.

It remains to be seen what comes next for Loftman with talk of head coach ambitions in South Africa. 

Have a look at Pirates' new-look squad: 

   

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