Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has explained the club’s pre-season focus.
Pirates completed the Rustenburg leg of the pre-season camp, which included friendlies against TS Sporting, now set sights on and Cape Town.
The Soweto giants, just like they had done last season, are due to play against several Western Cape sides.
“There’s a massive importance to playing these friendlies and we have already seen some of those successes in the first phase of our pre-season," Mokwena told the club’s website.
"Our game model requires a lot of football actions, which need players to be in the best physical condition. Putting those football actions to the test in the early stages of our preparation affords us the opportunity that we need to get it right.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns coach went on to explain how the trip is crucial to new faces at the club.
"Another important aspect of these games is for the integration of our new players, so that they too can come to grips with how we play, and they have the opportunity to see it in action as well.”
“We welcome the return to Cape Town, having played here last year as well. The challenge of playing stiff opposition in the form of the two PSL sides will speak to the requirements that we have in the current phase of our loading.”
Typical of every pre-season training any club, fitness, and physical work will form a key part of the programme.
"The increased level of resistance will greatly assist our periodisation and also help develop our game model and tactical principles even further.
"We are continuing to work on the game minutes for each player as well, as we look to continue the process of improving our standards of performance so that we are ready for the fixture schedule that we will be faced with both domestically and in CAF,” concluded Mokwena.
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