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Pirates Announce European Preseason Tour

  • June 21, 2024
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Pirates Announce European Preseason Tour

Orlando Pirates has confirmed plans for new season with a three-match preseason tour in Spain!

Head Coach Jose Riveiro’s squad will kick off their European adventure on 12 July with a clash against Plymouth Argyle, an English Championship side. The Pilgrims, despite a challenging 2023/24 season, have high hopes for the upcoming year under the leadership of their new manager, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

Following the Plymouth Argyle match, the Buccaneers will travel to Seville on 15 July to face La Liga giants Sevilla FC. Sevilla, managed by Quique Sanchez Flores since December 2023, boasts an impressive record as one of the most successful teams in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, having clinched the title seven times, most recently in 2023.

To conclude their European tour, the back-to-back MTN8 and Nedbank Cup champions will lock horns with Al Sadd SC, a powerhouse club from the Qatar Stars League, on 19 July. Al Sadd SC is not only considered the best team in Qatar but also the only Qatari team to have lifted the prestigious AFC Champions League trophy in Asia.

Boasting a passionate fan base, a winning tradition, and talented players like Akram Afif (who netted an impressive 26 goals with 11 assists in 22 matches last season), Al Sadd SC promises to be a formidable opponent.

This European tour provides a valuable opportunity for Orlando Pirates to test themselves against high-caliber teams from different leagues, allowing Coach Riveiro to refine their tactics and assess his squad’s capabilities before the new season kicks off.

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