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Pirates: Zambia Is The Ideal Destination To Prepare

Orlando Pirates on Zambia offering similar conditions to South Africa for pre-season training

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 08, 2018 11:31 AM

Orlando Pirates have stated that Zambia will offer their players conditions similar to those in South Africa as the team prepares for the upcoming season.

The Buccaneers have confirmed that following their week-long pre-season training camp taking place in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, the team will travel to Zambia for the second phase of the pre-season programme.

Speaking to the Siya crew, Bucs Administrative Officer Floyd Mbele, said Zambia is the ideal destination to prepare the team for their upcoming CAF Champions League campaign because it has similar conditions to South Africa. 

“The reason why we chose Zambia is that we wanted the new players who have never played beyond the borders of South Africa to get a feel of what it’s like to play in a different country,” said Mbele. 

“Also Zambia feels much like South Africa. They have a similar topography and similar weather conditions so our players will get the feel (for) playing in a foreign country but still have that sense of familiarity of home. 

“It important that our new players adapt to playing in other African countries as we really want to compete effectively in the CAF Champions League. It’s important that our coaches should be able to rely on all the players both old and new and that’s why we are ensuring that all our players are part of this trip,” concluded Mbele. 

Pirates will play a series of friendly matches against various Zambian teams before heading back to SA to further prepare for the league which starts in August. 


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Vhivha Joined: 25 Jul 2016
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Vhivha Jul 09, 2018 12:52 PM
Bhakaniya , How many players are you adding in Zambia to achiev your 60 playerstarget? Are you building or recruiting?
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 09, 2018 12:28 PM
@Bucsboss uyimbuzi nawe for taking everything personal
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sora06 Jul 09, 2018 10:09 AM
Sommer leave Bernard Morisson there. He can walk to Ghana as he does not add value to our league
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Thubayo Jul 09, 2018 09:27 AM
Kukhona abozokhala
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mdaka121 Jul 09, 2018 09:11 AM
@The Bucsboss u are right the player when in other team is star they supposed to stop this thing we are all afrika guys
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 09, 2018 09:06 AM
@The Bucsboss whatever you do or say that doesn't have to do with your/our parents.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 09, 2018 09:01 AM
Travelling to Zambia with the players we no longer want to use that doesn't make sense.
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The Bucsboss Jul 09, 2018 08:59 AM
There is a very stupid thing people like to do here.Why fans feel like the are the owners of the teams.You guys like to call players by unknown names,but once those players join your teams,are called stars.Why one player become a cow when playing for Sundowns,but when he become pirates,or chiefs player he just become star?Lokho kuveza ukungakhulisekanga ngenhlonipho.Kahleni ma Afrika 4sure.I wonder if people know this that,by blaming without solution is only one way to show how stupid you are.We better not blame players or teams,but we rather write to them what we want done at the teams.But you can blame me for this point if can please.#UP THE BUCS.
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The Bucsboss Jul 09, 2018 08:41 AM
@So-Mathabo-KBY yes,what's up man?
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thato357 Jul 09, 2018 08:22 AM
Good prep for the season.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 09, 2018 07:49 AM
Stop confusing yourself coach Micho you release players you no longer want to use.
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VERON KHOSI 26 Jul 09, 2018 06:48 AM
Ayisa fana shame zambia 2 try find witch or wizard 2 help them bring back glory days kkkkkkkkkk * kwaaakwaaakwaaa =
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TeeyJay-Ntolo-Bucs1 Jul 08, 2018 09:39 PM
If Zambia's condition is similar to SA's then what's the use for the team to go there, eMbele? We should be going to countries like Ghana, Mozambique, Egypt, Angola, Togo, DRC, Nigeria... etc. For the boys to be mentally & physically strong. This one is only apt for the camaraderie purposes. Otherwise 10 over 10 for Micho & his bench for this watertight preparations! Up the Bucs!
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 08, 2018 07:13 PM
@Sgelekeqe and @Bucsboss Lol....
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Jul 08, 2018 06:51 PM
I respect Hlatshwayo as a player,but I don't understand why Pirates try hard to sign him.His age is up,while we need a player with age on his side,a player that we can rely on.Experiance without age,young players will always take the game to him.I feel like Wits can protect the boy,or he will be signed and warm the banch with experiance.#UP THE BUCS.
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Mcadamz Jul 08, 2018 06:31 PM
I hope they will stop Hlatshwayo parsue and try and find a better player in the country there must be one or two, if their scout are not that good ask Jomo to find two good central defenders. Hlatshwayo renewed his contract knowing Pirates wants him without a buy out clause!! What if after all the bruhaha he becomes a flop signing? Right now the team is in pre season training, how will he gell with his teammates if he was to become one, my feeling is Pirates should look elsewhere since we are sick and tired of this story.
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The Bucsboss Jul 08, 2018 05:43 PM
@Sgelekeqe 100% corect my fellow African,and fellow citizen.We are,and shall remail Africans with or without anything from EUROPE.#UP THE BUCS.
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Sgelekeqe Jul 08, 2018 05:25 PM
@The Bucsboss The better we understand our history, the closer we can get to total emancipation mf2. We all need to read and research our roots to be able to handle today's challenges...
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The Bucsboss Jul 08, 2018 05:18 PM
@Sgelekeqe well said fellow bloger.The thing is,we have a lot of so called citizens for just having SA ID BOOKS,or cards;but they know nothing about the background of the country.We have a lot of proud people,but with less ubderstanding or knollage.Africa is our mother as Africans,and we should respect and love each other for God's sake.#UP THE BUCS.
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Sgelekeqe Jul 08, 2018 04:06 PM
@So-Mathabo-KBY don't let the ghosts of the past (apartheid) turn you into a monster yourself. Show some respect, go read about our history as ANC fighting colonizers. Sadc countries which u call cockroaches helped our leaders mxm!

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