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Dates Confirmed For Bucs’ Upcoming Three Matches

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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