Pirates return to ship

Premiership

Pirates have confirmed their commencement of preparations for the second half of the season, which kicks off in the first week of January.

"After spending almost two weeks away from the training field, Orlando Pirates players returned to work on Wednesday afternoon to begin preparations for the restart of the Absa Premiership season," read a club statement on Thursday.

"The return of the team precedes that of the office staff who return to work the following week, on January 3.

"Head coach Micho Sredojevic and his technical team opted for a light session yesterday [Wednesday], however, as we approach the end of the week, the strength and conditioning team will be tasked with burning off some of those festive season kilos."

Their return to action would have seen new signings Phetso Maphanga and Diamond Thopola report for duty, prior to their registration which will take place in January.

The former Chippa United duo could feature when The Buccaneers host Baroka in their first fixture of the new year on January 6.

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