- Orlando Pirates have confirmed that they have a playing squad of around 45 players but expects to cut this number drastically before the start of the season
- The club is expected to take part in the CAF African Champions League in addition to taking part in local competitions and tournaments
- Orlando Pirates have bolstered their player and technical squads ahead of what is expected to be a brutal season
Orlando Pirates have confirmed that they started their pre-season training with a huge playing squad of around 45 players. The club recently announced the arrival of nine new players and their ranks have also been filled with players returning from loan deals with other clubs.
The club has promised to dramatically reduce the number of players in its playing squad before the start of the new season.
Orland Pirates officials earlier announced that the team would make a serious attempt to win the CAF African Champions League in addition to taking part in all local competitions and tournaments.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the glamour team has bolstered both its playing and technical squads ahead of what is likely to be a brutally taxing season.
Officials noted that other PSL clubs have in the past made a success of competing in the African championship, but failed to be competitive in local competitions due to player fatigue.
To this end, the club has added nine new players to its ranks and also announced that Andrew Sparks, Darian Wilken and Franck Plaine would join the technical team to assist coach Milutin Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena.
SoccerLaduma.co.za reported that after a month of rest Orlando Pirates players returned to the club on Monday to start pre-season training and for their medical assessments.
The club’s sports scientist Warren Engelbrecht said the medical assessments were a critical part of preparations. He said it was important for the coaching staff to have a proper view of the condition of each player and what possible injury concerns faced the club.
Engelbrecht said the club’s gruelling season meant it was incredibly important to prepare all players for the challenges ahead.
Andrew Sparkes joins the club as the Goalkeeper Coach of the senior team, while Darian Wilken will form part of the Football Analysis Department alongside Kyle Solomon and Michael Loftman, who both joined the club earlier in the year.
The other addition to the technical team is Franck Plaine, who will be the Head of Performance - a post recently vacated by Andre Volsteedt who left the club earlier this month.
The club said it would reduce its player numbers as pre-season training continued and according to the needs and advise of the technical team. Orlando Pirates started last season with a player squad of 39.
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