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Players return for first team training

Posted on Monday, July 04, 2016 - 12:32

The start of a new week represents a fresh start, new opportunities and a new perspective. For Orlando Pirates it marks the first step on the road to full fitness in time for the start of the new campaign.

Players returned to Rand Stadium today after a five-week long break to begin pre-season training under a new regime.

With Pirates finishing in 7th position in the 2015/16 season, many will be looking towards the new season hopeful for a positive turnaround under the tutelage of newly appointed Head Coach Muhsin Ertugral.

The new man at the helm met his players this morning where he ironed out his plans for the season. And unlike what has become the norm with running being the order of the day in the opening days of pre-season training; Ertugral opted for a more entertaining opening day for his players with the 59-year old focusing on ball work to get his players back into the groove.

“These are soccer players and not Olympic sprinters,” quipped the Coach. “Obviously, there will be time for that (running) during our pre-season but for today I just wanted my players to reacquaint themselves with the ball.”

The players, who were handed conditioning programmes before they finished at the end of last season, will spend the next couple of days in meetings with the technical team and undergo assessments.

The first couple of weeks of pre-season training will see the players undergo the usual pre-season routine before they leave for camp outside of Johannesburg.

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