Orlando Pirates welcome back Boitumelo Radiopane Image: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates welcome back Boitumelo Radiopane Image: iDiski Times

Europe again? Orlando Pirates’ pre-season plans REVEALED!

Orlando Pirates are believed to be ready to go to Europe again for their pre-season camp, after a successful trip to Spain last season.

Orlando Pirates welcome back Boitumelo Radiopane Image: iDiski Times

Orlando Pirates welcome back Boitumelo Radiopane Image: iDiski Times

Having already released six payers last week, Orlando Pirates are believed to be finalising their pre-season plans.

By the time they finalise those plans, Pirates will be hoping to have finalized some transfer deals.

Pirates looking to finalize playing squad

In terms of outs, six players who were going to see their contract expire soon have left. Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Kermit Erasmus, Richard Ofori, Thabang Monare and Siyabonga Mpontshane were all released by Pirates. Those being players who have seen their deals at expire at the club, with management deeming them surplus to requirements. There are still players who are under contract who could be loaned out, sold or see their deals terminated at the Houghton-based outfit.

While that happens, they will be looking to have a few players coming through the door. Pirates have been linked with the likes Chippa United keeper Stanley Nwabali the favourite in the goalkeeping department. In defence, the likes of Kegan Johannes, Thabang Matuludi, Riaan Hanamub, Ismael Toure have been names frequently mentioned.

In terms of midfield additions, Thalente Mbatha is set to be the first to enter the door on a permanent deal. Thato Khiba has also been mentioned and Goodman Mosele is expected to return to Pirates from his loan from Chippa. In attack, Tremaine Eastmond, Andy Boyeli, Ashley Cupido, Oswin Appollis and Iqraam Rayners are thought to be targets too. 

Looking to return to Europe for pre-season

According to Soccer-Laduma, after a successful pre-season in Spain last season, Pirates are looking to return to Europe again!

“It’s because of the successful tour that they had last year before the start of the season and that’s why they are going back to Spain in July. After that they will go to Germany. Everything is already planned and they are looking at organising some friendly games just like they did last year. But for now, it stands that they will tour Spain and Germany,” said the source. 

Well they do say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Pirates are clearly sticking to that.