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Bucs Confirm Squad Of ‘Around 45’, Promise To Reduce The Number

Orlando Pirates Preparations For New Season In Full Swing

By Soccer Laduma - Jun 25, 2018 06:14 PM

Orlando Pirates have confirmed currently having a squad of around 45 players but have promised to reduce the number.

Having already confirmed signing nine new players, while also welcoming players returning from loan from respective clubs, Bucs will be expected to release some of the players from their current squad either on loan or permanently, before the start of the season.

Read: Pirates Unveil Three New Technical Team Members 

The Buccaneers have already returned from their off-season break to begin their preparations for the new season.

“Holiday season is over here at Pirates. It’s all hands on deck as Micho Sredojevic and his technical team prepare to take the boys through their paces in pre-season. While the world sits back and enjoys the 2018 FIFA World Cup spectacle in Russia, Orlando Pirates Technical Team have summoned their players back to work as they begin their preparations ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign,” Pirates confirmed on the club’s official website.  

“After spending almost a month away from the training field, Orlando Pirates players returned to work last week for their medical assessments. The assessments are an integral part of the club’s preseason programme as the club’s Sports Scientist, Warren Engelbrecht explains:  

“Before any work starts, we need to know at what level our players are at. This is a very important aspect of pre-season because without knowing what level your players are, you may end up with a lot of injuries. As a strength and conditioning department, our job is to ensure that we prepare the players to be able to endure what will be a gruelling season. 

“Over the past week, we made sure that all players undergo medical and screening tests. The coaches can start their respective programmes on Monday knowing that the players are ready for action,” Engelbrecht told Bucs’ website.

Read: Van Heerden Close To Joining New Club After Bucs Exit  

The club has confirmed that action on the training field for Pirates begins today.  

“Action is what the players can expect today as the coaches welcome them for their first physical session. Both the coaches and the strength and conditioning team will be tasked with burning off some of the extra kilos that the players gained over their post-season break.

“As is tradition for most clubs during pre-season, teams tend to begin their programmes with bloated squads. For the Buccaneers, it will be no different. The current squad complement for the Technical Team to deal with sits at around 45 however, as the pre-season progresses, the Technical Team will reduce the playing complement to a manageable number closer to the start of the 2018/19 season,” confirmed the Soweto giants. 

At the start of last season, Bucs had 39 registered players in their squad for the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign. 


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Mbu Bongoza Joined: 12 Aug 2016
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Mbu Bongoza Jun 27, 2018 04:06 AM
Gabuza,sunderlands,mubara,sang weni,sarr & nkosi must go the is no space for them in that team, then keep 40 players.
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Mbu Bongoza Jun 27, 2018 04:06 AM
Gabuza,sunderlands,mubara,sang weni,sarr & nkosi must go the is no space for them in that team, then keep 40 players.
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bucshooligan 1 Joined: 04 Apr 2016
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bucshooligan 1 Jun 26, 2018 01:29 PM
They should reduce it to 35.45 is too many.I'm sure the coach does not know other players
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scoreman99 Jun 26, 2018 12:43 PM
captain my captain HJ4 is not going anywhere his vice captain should Nyatama the rest of mobara and matlaba must watch from the stand
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Gold_Standard Joined: 23 Jul 2013
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Gold_Standard Jun 26, 2018 10:55 AM
hahahahahaha..... This team is confused eh, and I can't wait to see if Thamsanqa Sangweni will be released - we're waiting for u at Naturena poi!
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Gold_Standard Jun 26, 2018 10:44 AM
@Blessed Sai...... My fellow rattie mate did I ever dispute that fact in anyhow?
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JackKhosi Jun 26, 2018 10:38 AM
Bobby is waiting to pounce on Sangweni, please release Sangweni his home is at Naturena.
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JackKhosi Jun 26, 2018 10:35 AM
@BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND3 You need medication wena cable eater,
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BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND3 Jun 26, 2018 10:00 AM
@Superbrand but member how are players like Nyauza, Chabalala gonna grow & get game time while you have uJele who keep on making high school kids' mistakes? for mina i personally feel Jele has runned his race at Pirates & was supposed to be offloaded same season we let go of Mahamutsa & Myeni.
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Matayitayi Jun 26, 2018 09:49 AM
Rats are confused old team..every transfer window they sign more than 7 players nxaaaa
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 09:05 AM
@Drknowitall "Players like Makola,Saar,Matlaba,Kutumela, Nyauza etc must look for new clubs if they want to play soccer " I disagree: 1. please check Makola stats, he is way better than many attacking midfielders in the country. He must stay put. 2. Matlaba is an asset and versatile player 3. Nyauza played very well at centerback his natural position I agree: 1. Kutumela must be loan out 2. Sarr must be offloaded
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 09:00 AM
We have already offloaded Gcaba, Mark Van heerden, Norodien and Mhlongo. We are going to Loan out our 7 promoted youngsters who didn't get a chance to play and offload the following players: Emmanuel Daniel (Loan), Justice Chabalala (Sell), Mobara (Sell), Thopola, Mtshali (Loan), Morrison (Loan), Mthiyane(sell) , Sangweni (Loan), Sarr(Release), Ayanda nkosi (sell) , Siphamandla Sangweni(Loan) and kutumela(Loan)
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 08:52 AM
People must relax, this is not the registered squad for 2018/17. Pirates had 34 players registered for 2017/18 season. 39 in the beginning of the season and mostly, 7 in particular youngsters that we promoted, the likes of Darnell Jobs, Grant Peters, Molaba, Yusuf Maart , Phila Mzila, Tsebo Tsotetsi and Yanga Baliso. They played mostly in our reserve team, its part of development. Chimps and Swines had 31 players. So we had 3 more players than them, what's the fuss about. They cant set the limit for us.
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Drknowitall Jun 26, 2018 08:28 AM
Players like Makola,Saar,Matlaba,Kutumela, Nyauza etc must look for new clubs if they want to play soccer
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chinyama Jun 26, 2018 08:07 AM
around 49
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Superbrand Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 08:07 AM
@Schakos "Pirates have always been signing players nothing new here" Just like any other team
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 08:05 AM
@Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje "45 youngsters Gabuza, Makola, Jele, Sandilands etc." You are such a fool!!! who said all our players are youngsters??????
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 08:02 AM
@Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje We are keeping them vele and its none of your business
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Superbrand Jun 26, 2018 08:01 AM
@BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND3 We don't appreciate violent fans. We are the happy people. The coach knows better. Happy Jele formed a very good partnership with Shitolo to stabilize our centerback. Makola stats proved he is one of our best. Gabuza was once a top goalscorer for CAF CC and Bafana Bafana. Let the coach do his work.
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Jun 26, 2018 07:27 AM
Some people can't have more than 15 players because of money issues now they are making their problems our problems

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