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.