Pirates still to decide on Shitolo

Premiership

Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi has expressed the club's desire to retain the services of Gladwin Shitolo, who has returned to Orlando Pirates.

Shitolo had one of his best seasons in top-flight football last season which saw him earn a Bafana Bafana call-up.

The 31-year-old is now is back with The Buccaneers and escaped his name being on the list of released players the Soweto club confirmed this morning.

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Ncikazi says if it were up to Arrows, the versatile midfielder/defender would return to Durban and stay permanently.

"I'm not sure how far we are with Shitolo but he's someone I would like to have at the club. Unfortunately it doesn't rely on us, it's all up to Orlando Pirates," Ncikazi tells KickOff.com.

Ncikazi provided an update on how their preparations for the new season are going considering pre-season has been totally different from previous years amid the turmoil of 2020.

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"The preparations are going well. It could've been better if it was not for this Covid-19 pandemic, we would be able to do more," he admits.

"There are areas we still want to sort out, bring in new players, but it's not easy as we are not like other big teams. But we are confident that we will do better than last season."

Arrows have signed attacking midfielder Pule Mmodi from Uthongathi FC and released Musa Bilankulu, Danny Venter, Lerato Lamola, Sibusiso Sibeko and Nkosingiphile Phewa.

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