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Dates Confirmed For Bucs’ Upcoming Three Matches

Orlando Pirates Provide Update On Zambia Camp

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 12, 2018 10:49 AM

Orlando Pirates have provided an update on their camp in Zambia and confirmed the details of the team’s upcoming three matches.

Having departed for Zambia on Tuesday for the continuation of their pre-season training, Bucs have confirmed the three friendly matches lined up for the team while there.  

Read: First Phase Of Pre-Season Completed, What's Next On Bucs' Schedule? 

The Buccaneers are set to play against Congolese giants TP Mazembe today (Thursday), as well as against Zambian side Nkana FC on Sunday. 

The last competitive friendly match for Milutin Sredojevic’s team in Zambia is scheduled for next Wednesday (18 July), against local side Forest Rangers. 

“Orlando Pirates stepped up a gear with the second phase of their pre-season preparations, touching down in Zambia on Tuesday afternoon. The Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola will be the Buccaneers’ base while they complete their season build-up in Chipolopolo’s backyard,” confirmed Bucs on the club’s official website.  

Pirates’ Strength and Conditioning Coach, Franck Plaine, has given an update on the progress made by the players so far, since the first phase of the team’s pre-season training in Mpumalanga a week ago.    

“The Nelspruit camp was to progressively get the players back into shape through an intensive training program which not only engaged the collective group but also focused on the progress, strength and conditioning requirements of players on an individual basis,” Plaine told the club’s website. 

“The Zambian phase will focus on looking into incorporating the physical aspect with the tactical and technical aspects of the game. We are happy with the progress of the team so far, however, the three friendly matches we are scheduled to play will give us a better indication of our levels in terms of fitness, and how that can be transformed into an improved technical execution and tactical awareness during a match,” commented Plaine.  

Plaine has also commented on the current size of the squad (Bucs earlier confirmed having a squad of around 45 players and promised to reduce the number in due course). 

“With such a big squad, we have our work cut out for us. However, when we go back home we will analyse what happened here and that will give us a better idea of what our strengths and weaknesses are. This will, in turn, help us understand what we need to do in order to correct our shortcomings and improve as a team going into the final phase of our pre-season preparations”, concluded Plaine.   

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Details of Bucs’ upcoming matches: 

Thursday, 12 July 2018 vs. TP Mazembe

Sunday, 15 July 2018 vs. Nkana FC

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 vs. Forest Rangers 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Schakos Joined: 08 Aug 2014
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Schakos Jul 12, 2018 03:52 PM
Cows are having a go at each other
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TBS Jul 12, 2018 03:11 PM
@Lanks ,,, Then don't watch the PSL 'cows', simple :))
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TBS Jul 12, 2018 03:08 PM
Good my beloved OPFC. I'm so glad we have a technical team that can express themselves and make sense at the same time. We are Orlando Pirates. More than just a football club :))
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kadish Jul 12, 2018 03:02 PM
Well done Downs by showing Rats how to prepare a good team.The same people told us Downs is wasting money travel throughout the continent for pre season games
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The Bucsboss Jul 12, 2018 02:13 PM
I think all the Bucs faithful should stop cracking their minds,or westing time for trying to raise argument over these clueless poeple.We are the Bucs,and we just have to be happy for what the team is doing now.As for these clueless teamless fans,just forget and smile.#UP THE BUCS.
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roger-fetumba Jul 12, 2018 02:04 PM
@Bucsfever16 Rats won the CAF competition prior to Sundowns but here we talking preseason Sundowns was the first SA team to have preseason in Africa you get it boy
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Bucsfever16 Jul 12, 2018 12:56 PM
@Nhlpato : these people are quick to forget that Pirates tremendous display reaching two consecutive CAF finals opened up a spot for other SA teams to participate in continental club competition...anyway I'm gud Juju and yourself?
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Nhlpato Jul 12, 2018 12:49 PM
@wash & wear u know u just saying cowbedi was gud just t pass tym ne my starless donkey he was a cow like Cleopas dlodlo
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Nhlpato Jul 12, 2018 12:46 PM
@Bucsfever16 gud question juju n how's u
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Nhlpato Jul 12, 2018 12:46 PM
@wash & wear tht is why we no longer there cos we now at serious games n ur starless continental futbol underachiever team stil stark on meali mealie cupboard trophy hehehehe
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Bucsfever16 Jul 12, 2018 12:42 PM
@roger-fetumba : between Pirates and Dunu who really started the African journey and ultimately succeeded? Please,kindly articulate to me
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jerk knife Jul 12, 2018 12:23 PM
@wash & wear khosi these things are confused leave them alone
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roger-fetumba Jul 12, 2018 12:21 PM
Sundowns the real Rats role model thanks to Motsepe for sending Downs to Africa on preseason the copy cats have copy and paste they think there will perform like Sundowns please Rats come back home another 6 await for you in the new season Yellow I Remain
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 12:19 PM
imizwilili underachievers fans have disease called AMNESIA they r laughing chiefs now regarding maize meal cup but their coows played at the same tonoment aaaaaaaai#reclaiming our glory days
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Bucsfever16 Jul 12, 2018 12:17 PM
@@azzaniawest : kikikikiki it's true juju,they are defending their maize meal accolade
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Bucsfever16 Jul 12, 2018 12:14 PM
@Vhivha : we'll see about the so called "usual 11" but remember,lightning doesn't strike twice in a same place my man,this time we mean business
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jul 12, 2018 12:11 PM
Up the Bucs
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 12:11 PM
@@SCHUSTE kkkkkkkkk you can see him no 33 munetsi is a fat pig of mr vendonder#reclaiming our glory days
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LukzBucz Jul 12, 2018 12:11 PM
@FIFA behind chiefs You are here busy blowing other teams horn..only brilliant teams managed that against Bucs your inferior Zebbies failed to do that at our worst..your win against Bucs is a draw cow..you're busy dwelling on history why don't we talk about recent or last season..maybe you can start by telling how come your useless cows are still without a coach after 4months!?
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wash & wear Jul 12, 2018 12:10 PM
@Nhlpato mabedi was a solid defender better than your old cows abo mgababa, jackson, motale combined#reclaiming our glory days

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