Orlando Pirates have taken an important decision regarding their most recent return to training and the anticipated resumption of the 2019/20 season.
The Buccaneers left Gauteng, the epicenter of the Coronavirus, earlier this month for a camp in Nelspruit to sharpen up for the Premier Soccer League restart that had been penciled for July 18 – which would have been at the weekend.
Pirates would probably gone straight from their camp in Mpumalanga straight into the biologically safe environment prepared by the league in Gauteng.
But with SAFA rejecting this proposal and arguing that for issues of compliance by clubs and for referees to be fit, it was necessary to extend the season resumption date to August 1.
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Pirates then, have since taken the decision to return from camp, but it is expected the squad will continue to train as normal back at their Johannesburg base under the watchful eye of coach Josef Zinnbauer as the rest of the clubs wait for confirmation that the campaign will indeed go ahead at the start of the following month.
The Soweto giants were in fine form prior to the nationwide lockdown and the league being suspended because of Covid-19, and with seven Absa Premiership matches still to be played Pirates do still have an outside chance of winning the title if log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and second placed Mamelodi Sundowns drop points in dramatic fashion in their remaining matches for the championship race.
Otherwise the Buccaneers will aim to at least finish in the top two for a place in next season’s CAF Champions League.