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Orlando Pirates welcome African starlet to training this week

Highlanders FC midfielder Prince Ndlovu will be desperate to impress Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro this week

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Rising Zimbabwean star Prince Ndlovu is set to undergo a week-long trial at Orlando Pirates this week.

The promising 17-year-old attacking midfielder who currently plays for Zimbabwean giants Highlanders FC is due to be assessed by Jose Riveiro’s side.

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Ndlovu was linked with a move to Croatian side HNK Vukovar 1991 however reports suggest that move was prevented by visa issues.

And now, the talented midfielder will reportedly be given a chance to impress at the Mayfair club.

The Buccaneers currently have Kabelo Dlamini and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo who can slot into that number 10 role.

While Ndlondlo’s preferred position is slightly further back, Dlamini hasn’t proved himself in the free-role position despite a number of opportunities to do so.

A breath of fresh air in the form of a young yet highly skilled Zimbabwean may be just what Jose Riveiro needs to spark his team’s attacking play.

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Orlando Pirates to welcome 17-year-old starlet on trial

“Ndlovu left yesterday with an evening flight. He will be on trial from the 20th to the 26th of March,” Highlanders’ Communication and Marketing Officer Nozibelo Maphosa told ThisIsFootball.

According to the same publication, Ndlovu already spent two weeks on trial at the Buccaneers in January 2023.

Orlando Pirates duo of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Deon Hotto. Photo: Orlando Pirates
Deon Hotto has enjoyed good game time at the Buccaneers since joining them from Bidvest Wits. Photo: Orlando Pirates

In other news, Kaizer Chiefs have been linked with two Stellenbosch stars ahead of next season.

Last season, the Glamour Boys managed to lure both club captain Zitha Kwinika and star attacker Ashley Du Preez away from the Cape club.

And now, if reports are anything to go by, Junior Mandieta and Sibongiseni Mthethwa are both heavily linked with moves to Naturena.

In light of the recent trending reports, Steve Barker has commented on the potential departure of more of his key players!

Take a look at what the rather irritated Stellenbosch coach had to say below.

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“Personally as a coach I want us to be successful, I want us to start challenging higher up on the league table and having cup runs like we have (at the moment with Nedbank cup).” Barker said as quoted by Citizen.

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“If we want to do that it is important that we start being the team that doesn’t lose its best players and we are able to retain our best players.

“So, if we are able to retain our young players that we have. Five of them are selected for the Under-23 preliminary squad.

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“Plus players like Mendieta and Mthethwa, Iqraam Rayners, those are the experienced players that we brought and they have the quality.

“It is important for us as a football club to also be successful and that will be by retaining the players that we have.”

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Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has commented on Yusuf Maart’s Bafana Bafana omission after he was part of the preliminary squad. Image: Twitter/Kaizerchiefs

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