JZ gives Bucs squad assessment


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has reflected the size of his squad while offering an assessment thereof.

Pirates currently have a 29-man squad after bringing in seven new players, while also releasing several others during the current transfer window, which closes next Monday.

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The Buccaneers have bolstered in all departments this season and have shown some promise of things to come as they look to finally end their six-year trophy drought, marching into the MTN8 final while starting the DStv Premiership off unbeaten.

Though they are have yet to be at full strength, Zinnbauer has discussed the competition for places and insisted things are healthy in the dressing room, and hopes his headache will continue as the likes of Gabadinho Mhango and Thembinkosi Lorch return to action.

"You see the squad this season, we need a little time for the new players [to settle in]. In the two weeks [of the FIFA break], we could not work with all players because they were away with their national teams, but we have a lot of players," Zinnbauer told the media.

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"Next week, I hope we have Gaba [Mhango] coming back, then we have Jean-Marc [Makusu], we have [Bongani] Sam coming back.

"We also have some players that are not on the bench at the moment but they have to wait for their chances, like [Kabelo] Dlamini also.

"We have so many players now that we can choose [from] for games, and this is a competition and it's just what we want. We want a fight for places in the squad and starting line-up.

"In this time we know not all players are ready, we know it, but you know it was a pre-season for three weeks and then there was a national break, and now another international break; we cannot work [normally like this]. We are not the only ones in the league but we improve this."

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