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Bucs Wrap Up Zambia Camp & Provide Update

Orlando Pirates Confirm Last Match Of Zambia Tour

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 18, 2018 07:00 PM

Orlando Pirates are set to play their last friendly match in Zambia before the team's return to South Africa to finalise their preparations for the new season. 

Read: Bucs Keen On Making More Signings, Decision On Brazilian Duo Imminent 

The Buccaneers have confirmed that they will play their last friendly match in Zambia today against Forest Rangers - a team coached by former Bucs midfielder Perry Mutapa.  

"Orlando Pirates play their final friendly match in Zambia today at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, taking on Forest Rangers, in a match that highlights yet another Bucs-Zambia connection through former player Perry Mutapa, who will be in the opposition dugout," confirmed Bucs on the club's official website.  

Read: Why It Will Take Time For Mahachi To Gel At Bucs    

Bucs' assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has given an update on the team's pre-season camp in Zambia, with the tactician highlighting the evolving game model that the technical team is trying to instil to the players. 

The Game Model        

“There are three parts to understanding the game model. The first would be the analytical presentation where we use a lot of video footage to present the players with their individual responsibilities based on all phases of the game. We strive to theoretically make the players aware of the demands that we have as the Technical Team with regards to their application as individuals and within their positional relationships within the formation.”

“The second part is the practical application in a non-competitive environment that would relate to our training work. Here we visually outline our sessions in relation to the themes and topics that we have set so that the players can see what is expected in training.”

“Finally, we look to see whether or not our teachings can come out in a competitive context and this is why we play these friendly games to try to measure our progress from a tactical perspective. We have been doing a lot of work on our game model with relation to the phases of a game: in possession, how we build up and how we go into the consolidation phase.”

The Mood In Camp

“So far so good. I think as a Technical Team we can be content, not just with the enthusiasm and the desire to learn that the players are showing, but their coachability and ability to transfer it from a theoretical perspective into practicality. When you watch the game against TP Mazembe, although we suffered in certain parts of the game physically, we dominated possession for the most part and that is key for our game model.”

“When we played Power Dynamos we were in control and extremely dominant in both the first and second match. For us those are signs of the work that we want to do because regardless of the opponent we want to be the dominant force on the pitch. We are a big team and so we have to show that big team personality by imposing our game on the opposition.”

“The players are on a steady incline with regards to their understanding and application of the game model and this bodes well for when we face Forest Rangers in our last match.”

The Adaptation Of The New Players   

“We sometimes underplay the amount of work that was put in last season and when you look at the adaptation with regards to the senior players or the players that played a lot of games last season, you can already see how smooth and fluid their transition is into the game model. They are even starting to add different elements to that game model because they already have the foundation.”

“With the new players that have come in, we had done our profiling of them, because part of establishing the game model means that it will indicate the type of players that you need to recruit. We are fortunate that we work in an organisation where the recruiting department of the club works very closely with the Technical Team regarding the buying of players and this showed in the guys we have brought in currently.”

“Each player was identified based on their ability to suit the game model, and it is clear from what we have seen in the few weeks we’ve had them, that they have the technical and tactical ability to adapt to how we play. We also have great support from the senior players who do a lot of demonstration of some of the concepts that we want to apply, and this has been of great importance and assistance in making it easy to integrate the new players.”

“We are on track with all our preparations and are working towards a plan. There was lots to be done during the off-season, from the medical and psychological profiling to the physical training camps in Mbombela and Zambia. We have received great support from the management team and it’s now up to us to put that all into competitive practice when the season starts in earnest.”  


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scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
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scoreman99 Jul 19, 2018 09:44 PM
@So-Mathabo-KBY of which u r referring for how much if a player is cheat?
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Ntsimbi08 Jul 19, 2018 09:33 AM
Top Score FC fools are bitter that we went out of the country for preseason yet they were kept in the Zoo for their mealies .
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 19, 2018 08:46 AM
@scoreman99 are you aware that when they improve their stadiums, which means they league will improve also, you won't be getting cheap labour from Zambia again
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Cedric lewane Jul 19, 2018 08:14 AM
Up the Bucs.
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TeeyJay-Ntolo-Bucs1 Jul 19, 2018 07:21 AM
"With the new players that have come in, we had done our profiling of them, because part of establishing the game model means that it will indicate the type of players that you need to recruit" The aforementioned statement means that all the 9 players who were brought in, were recommended by the technical bench! Big ups to our Chairman! Rhulani is indeed an estute coach, we hope Micho's philosophy will be smoothly integrated to his & no backstabbing! Together they form a formidable force to be reckoned with...FASA Bhakaniya! FASA Ndondemnyama!
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Jul 19, 2018 07:01 AM
My trophy less noisy mamals.
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Jul 19, 2018 07:01 AM
Rotos are back from the world cup?
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Skeem Sa HDK Jul 19, 2018 06:20 AM
Zam fc is back with a bang and back with glory. Well done. But this micho talks too much, but it's good for him coz rats are pleased.
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Skeem Sa HDK Jul 19, 2018 06:15 AM
@LukzBucz :MTN 8 may be affected because this saga also has an impact on final league standings. A win for Ajax means Amazulu are in the top 8 , a loss means it's Supersport who take their place. A league issue should be sorted out before MTN 8 kicks off.
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scoreman99 Jul 19, 2018 05:55 AM
Levy Mwanawasa stadium is bad from the pitch till the stand,,, Zambia must improve their stadium maarn aikhona
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THE NK Jul 19, 2018 03:48 AM
Ok Bucks
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 19, 2018 01:15 AM
@mzwazwazwa stop zwazwazwing here wena. You do also feed us with nonsense articles as well.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 19, 2018 12:34 AM
Tjerrrr cowditor you are too retart to feed us with news. How can you report the thing which is already had 24 hrs played? We won that game by, 2-0 as Cowbuza was on target to seal the game.
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JamieM Jul 18, 2018 11:55 PM
I feel sorry for those on the opposite side. They won't understand the philosophy. To them it's one of those stories but to the Buccaneers it's aa mission of conquering Africa and beyond. Amathambo ahlangene.
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mzwazwazwa Jul 18, 2018 11:17 PM
Did they really have to publish, this bible,kwa kwa kwa kwa. A...lah...lah!!! 5skipas is better than this mad proffessor!
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mzwazwazwa Jul 18, 2018 11:11 PM
Kikikiki...amen helelujah, this guy is worse than khompela!!! Could of said misssion accomplished, fullstop...
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LukzBucz Jul 18, 2018 10:44 PM
Congrats to Micho & Rhulani looks like their questions have been answered in this trip judging by the above compiled report
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LukzBucz Jul 18, 2018 10:37 PM
Looks like this Ajax saga might disrupt the league proceedings..And might hump our pre-season momentum I just hope MTN8 wont be disrupted either..hope this case gets resolved during the course of the week..It's about time we had 18 or 20 teams in PSL
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Mremble007 Jul 18, 2018 10:17 PM
@Kidos 2nil against Cowtapa coached team?
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Mremble007 Jul 18, 2018 10:15 PM
@sprinkie togo-sport

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