Cape Town - With pre-season preparations
underway at Orlando Pirates, has revealed that they are soon to reduce their
The Pirates technical team, which has
recently added goalkeeper coach Andrew Sparkes, Football Analysis Department
team member Darian Wilken and head of performance Franck Plaine to its ranks,
will be tasked with cutting the squad down to a manageable size.
"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," as quoted from the official Pirates
"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."
Pirates finished second to Mamelodi
Sundowns in the 2017/18 Premiership, earning themselves a CAF Champions League
The season ahead is set to be a gruelling
one, and Pirates' players began preparations by undergoing medical assessments.
"Before any work starts, we need to
know at what level our players are at. This is a very important aspect of
preseason because without knowing what level your players are, you may end up
with a lot of injuries," explained Warren Engelbrecht, the club's sports
Pirates have already been busy in the
transfer market, sealing the signings of Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vincent Pule, Ben
Motshwari, Meshack Maphangule, Asavela Mbekile, Linda Mntambo, Abel Mabaso,
Paseka Mako and Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have also
confirmed the departure of Brighton Mhlongo, Riyaad Norodien and Marc van