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Six Players from the Orlando Pirates are likely to be released at the end of the season.

Players from the Orlando Pirates are likely to be released at the end of the season.

Despite reaching the Caf Confederation Cup final, the Buccaneers are already planning for next season's roster.

The Orlando Pirates underperformed domestically this season, allowing Mamelodi Sundowns to maintain their dominance.

Sundowns' dominance has exposed Pirates' flaws, and the Soweto giants are expected to clean their team to make room for those they believe would enhance them.


For the first time in a year, I'm making adjustments.

Despite reaching the Caf Confederation Cup final, there have been concerns regarding the strength of their squad.

They risk not playing in Africa next season if they do not win the continental trophy, as their prospects of placing in the top three are slim.

The chances of winning the Premier Soccer League are modest. 

Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids, co-coaches, have already been targeted by supporters. 

The Pirates' roster stayed same this season because no new players were signed in January, and no players were released. 

This came after they signed seven players before the start of the season, and it's unclear who would be sent packing. 

Frank Mhango has already stated that he would not be returning to Pirates next season, and GOAL looks at five other players who are expected to depart the Soweto giants at the end of this season. 

Sandilands, Wayne 

The experienced goalkeeper's five years with the Pirates appear to be coming to a close.

Even though Richard Ofori was recovering from a long-term ailment, he did not appear in any of the competitions. 

Siyabonga Mpotshane was chosen ahead of Sandilands, who has been connected with a post with Pirates as a goalie coach. 

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


Zungu Nkanyiso 

The midfielder has had a rough season with the Soweto giants, appearing in only two games in all competitions. 

Zungu was already battling for playing time after being suspended by the club in March for an off-field incident.

Clearly, he was never in the coaches' plans, which might lead to his expulsion from the club.

Proposed January loan moves to AmaZulu and Swallows FC, as well as his former club Stellenbosch, never materialized.


Tlolane Tebogo

The 27-year-old was given opportunities in the first two league games of the season, as well as in the MTN8 quarter-final exit, but he has not played since.

Previous Pirates coaches Milutin Sredojevic and Josef Zinnbauer had trouble impressing this player.

Even two loan spells at Maritzburg United, where he got some game time, did not appear to have helped his game.


Ndlovu Siphesihle

Since joining Pirates from Maritzburg United three seasons ago, this player is seen to have fallen short of his true ability.

Ndlovu's game against the Soweto giants was appreciated by Maritzburg chairman Farouk Kadodia.

This season, the center midfielder has appeared in seven PSL games, five in the Confederations Cup, and one in the MTN8.


Bongani Sam

Sam has struggled to play as a left-back since Paseka Mako firmly established himself in that position.

Even after Mako's injury, the Pirates prefer the more experienced Innocent Maela, as Sama has struggled to adapt to his new role as a central midfielder.

After four league appearances and three Confederations Cup starts, his future at Pirates appears to be uncertain.


Orlando Pirates players likely to be offloaded at the end of the season

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