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Orlando Pirates Players Likely To Be Offloaded At The End Of The Season

Despite reaching the Caf Confederation Cup final, the Buccaneers are already looking at strengthening their squad for next season.

When Mamelodi Sundowns dominated domestically, Orlando Pirates couldn't keep up with them.

As a result of their dominance, Pirates have been exposed! Soweto giants are likely to clear their roster to make room for players they believe will improve their team's overall performance.

For the first time in a year, they are making changes.

Despite reaching the final of the Caf Confederation Cup, there have been questions about the strength of their team.

They could miss out on playing in Africa next season if they don't win the continental trophy, as their chances of finishing in the Premier Soccer League's top three are slim.

Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids, the team's co-coaches, are already the target of angry supporters.

This season, the Pirates' roster remained untouched due to the fact that they made no signings in January and released no players.

Before the start of the term, they signed seven players, and it's unclear who will be shown the door.

Frank Mhango has already confirmed that he will not be playing for Pirates next season, and GOAL takes a look at five other players who are expected to leave the Soweto giants at the end of this term.

Sandilands Wayne

The goalkeeper's five years with the Pirates appear to be coming to an end.

Even when Richard Ofori was sidelined with a long-term injury, he didn't play a single game.

Prior to Siyabonga Mpotshane, Pirates were considering Sandilands for the position of goalkeeper coach.

Goalkeepers like Elson Sithole and Kopano Thuntsane, who have been training with the first team, have already been developed by the Buccaneers.

Nkanyiso Zungu

Only two appearances in all competitions have been made by the Soweto giants' midfielder this season.

Additionally, Zungu had already been suspended by the club in March for an off-the-field issue.

There is a good chance that he will be kicked out of the team because of this.

The proposed January loan moves to AmaZulu, Swallows FC, and his former club, Stellenbosch, did not come to fruition.

Tebogo Tlolane

There have been no games for the 27-year-old since he was given a chance to play in two league games and the MTN8 quarterfinal exit.

This is a player who, like Milutin Sredojevic and Josef Zinnbauer, failed to impress previous Pirates coaches.

No matter how much playing time he got on loan at Maritzburg United, it didn't appear to have made any difference in his game.

Ndlovu Siphesihle

In the three seasons since joining the Pirates from Maritzburg United, this player has been widely regarded as underachieving.

Even Maritzburg chairman Farouk Kadodia admitted that Ndlovu's game at the Soweto glants was a failure.

While he has only played seven PSL games this season, he has appeared in five Confederations Cup games and one MTN8 game.

Sam Bongani

Sam has struggled to fit in because Paseka Mako has firmly established himself as the team's left-back.

Coaches at the Pirates prefer Innocent Maela over Sama, who has struggled to perform after being moved into the midfield following Mako's injury.

After four league appearances and three starts in the Confederation Cup, his future at the Pirates appears uncertain.

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