- Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Ngake has praised the club’s decision to conduct pre-season training in Zambia
- Ngake said local players were often shocked when playing outside of South Africa for the first-time
- Orlando Pirates are preparing to take part in the CAF Champions League this season
Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Ngaka has praised his former club’s decision to conduct its pre-season training in Zambia. Ngake said the move showed that the Buccaneers were serious about their upcoming campaign to win the CAF Champions League.
Ngake said local players were often ill-prepared for the challenge of playing on the continent and against clubs from other parts of Africa. He said players were usually shocked by the playing conditions outside of South Africa and the playing style of African clubs.
Orlando Pirates have taken a leaf out of current CAF champions Mamelodi Sundowns playbook to take its players to a neighbouring country to prepare for the upcoming season.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mamelodi Sundowns proved last season that training in a foreign country served as a good base to mount a successful challenge for the African championship and being competitive in the PSL.
Ngake said the trip to Zambia would be good for the entire Orlando Pirates squad and in particular the new recruits and those who had never been outside of South Africa.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Ngake praised the Orlando Pirates technical and management team for taking the bold step of moving the training camp to Zambia. He added that this was a great example of how South African teams should prepare for the African Championship.
Ngake said it looked like the club had learned valuable lessons from their last campaign in the African tournament when they made the final.
Orlando Pirates have taken steps to expose their players to a variety of conditions and opposition to be better prepared and the club has boosted its squad size in a bid to combat player fatigue.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that the team’s management will use the trip to Zambia to try and lure Zambian player Lazarous Kambole into joining the team.
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