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Orlando Pirates eye squad revamp for 2024/25 season

Orlando Pirates could make significant changes to their squad ahead of the 2024/25 DStv Premiership season.

Sources close to the club suggest the management is considering a drastic reduction in squad size to improve team dynamics and on-field results.

The Buccaneers’ current roster boasts a hefty 37 players. This large number has allegedly caused difficulties for the coaching staff, hindering their ability to provide focused training and maintain optimal management.

As a result, the 1995 CAF Champions League winners are exploring a reduction in the squad size for next season.

The idea, according to sources, is to gradually streamline to a manageable number, with all competitions in mind.


If the Buccaneers go ahead with the plans, a smaller, streamlined squad promises several advantages. These benefits may include:

Improved player development: A more focused squad could allow coaches to dedicate more individual attention to players, fostering their development and ensuring consistent improvement.

Enhanced team cohesion: Fewer players could potentially lead to a stronger sense of unity, a vital element in achieving on-the-field success.

Optimised tactical flexibility: A smaller group with clearly defined roles could provide coaches with greater tactical flexibility, enhancing the team’s ability to adapt to different opponents and match situations.

Squad harmony: Reducing squad size fosters harmony and simplifies the task of keeping players happy. Each of the players knows they will likely get their chance.

Lesedi Kapinga of Orlando Pirates in action against Cape Town Spurs
Lesedi Kapinga of Orlando Pirates


Katlego Otladisa: The 27-year-old joined the Bucs ahead of the current season from Marumo Gallants. The attacker has yet to score or assist in nine appearances across all competitions and hasn’t played since December 2023.

Lesedi Kapinga: The 28-year-old has struggled for playing time since joining Soweto, managing only nine appearances with a single assist after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns.

Siphelo Baloni: Baloni linked with the Sea Robbers this season coming from Motsepe Foundation Championship side All Stars FC. He hasn’t played since February. The budding midfielder has made 11 appearances this season.

Karim Kimvuidi: Kimvuidi also joined Pirates at the beginning of the campaign from Maritzburg United. The 22-year-old has been in and out of the team, making 19 appearances in all competitions and has scored two goals.

Melusi Buthelezi: Since switching to Soweto from TS Galaxy, goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi has played 14 games, conceded 10 goals and kept nine clean sheets.

Souaibou Marou: Bucs’ Cameroonian striker sees dwindling playing time. After scoring three goals in nine appearances last season, he’s played only four games this campaign, the last in September.

Azola Matrose: 21-year-old Azola Matrose has not yet made an appearance for the Orlando Pirates this season following his loan spell with Chippa United. In recent times, he has


Thabiso Sesane: Following his loan spell with All Stars FC, centre-back Thabiso Sesane has made only two appearances for Orlando Pirates this season. He recently played against Golden Arrows and AmaZulu FC.

Kermit Erasmus: Injuries and competition have limited the 33-year-old’s playing time this campaign. He’s made only 11 appearances, scoring one goal, with his last match played in November 2023.

Thabang Monare: Monare began the season as a regular starter but has seen his role diminish. He’s made 19 appearances overall, with only two substitute appearances in 2024.

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