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Orlando Pirates continue pre-season training in Zambia

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Orlando Pirates confirm Zambian tour fixtures, with their first match set against giants TP Mazembe.

Orlando Pirates started their pre-season training in Nelspruit before they jetted off to Zambia to continue the second phase of their new season preparations, landing in Zambia on Tuesday, 10 July.

The trip to Nelspruit gave coach, Micho Sredojevic and his assistant, Rhulani Mokwena an opportunity to see the new players in a match situation, and also the chance to welcome new players, with players taken through their paces monitored by the Technical Team and the Strength and Conditioning department.

The Buccaneers will call the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola home for the upcoming week as they complete their season build-up in Chipolopolo’s back yard.

Head Coach, Sredojevic said on the club’s website: “We are in the building phase of our pre-season. This is the stage where we lay down the foundation for the season that lies ahead.”

“We had a successful trip to Nelspruit where we got to blend the old and new players together, and now we are off to Zambia where we’ll continue to strengthen all departments by exposing them to different playing conditions and of course stronger opposition.”

A statement confirming the team’s fixtures during their tour Zambia, was made available on the club’s website, with the following confirmed friendly clashes:

Thursday, 12 July 2018 vs. TP Mazembe

Sunday, 15 July 2018 vs. Nkana FC

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 vs. Forest Rangers

Pirates Strength and Conditioning Coach, Franck Plaine outlined the progress of the players and what the Technical Team hope to achieve in Zambia.

“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.”

He also shed the light on the expanded squad size, which he confirmed is still being assessed and will be trimmed accordingly when they figure out their strengths and weakness ahead of the new season.

Confidence Ledwaba
c.ledwaba@politicalanalysis.co.za

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