Orlando Pirates have announced that Vincent Pule has signed a new contract extension with PSL giants.

The 31-year-old has penned a contract that will see him remain at the club until 2025 [2026 should the club exercise its option).

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Pule has made 135 appearances for the Buccaneers, netting 31 goals and 11 assists. He is also currently in Rustenburg with the rest of the squad as they prepare for the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Pule’s 2022/23 season was plagued by injury, also limiting him to only 19 appearances, netting two goals.
Pirates have also revealed the list of players who have been retained for the upcoming season including those who will be departing.

Orlando Pirates announce contract extensions of Vincent Pule
Boitumelo Radiopane

VINCENT PULE AMONGST THOSE WHOSE CONTRACT HAS BEEN EXTENDED

Richard Ofori (2024 + 1)
Thabang Monare (2024)
Siyabonga Mpontshane (2024)
Ben Motswari (2024)

TERMINATION:
Collins Makgaka

LOANS


Azola Tshobeni returns to JDR on a season-long loan. Boitumelo Radiopane also returns to Cape Town Spurs on a season-long loan.
Bongani Sam and Tshegofatso Mabasa are also currently in discussions with Swallows FC to finalise move to the Dube Birds.

Meanwhile, Azola Matrose and Thabiso Sesane are currently in camp with the squad in Rustenburg. They are being assessed by the coach and his technical.

By Khotso Ramalatswa

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates have provided an update on several first team players that have been sidelined in recent weeks due to injuries. 

Five members of the playing personnel are currently out of action following a testing list of fixtures that has resulted in a busy few months for the Club’s medical staff. 

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Midfielder Thabang Monare has been one of the notable absentees from the match day squad over the past month. His last appearance in the starting XI came against Mamelodi Sundowns in early February.

This is due to a thigh muscle strain reported in the lead-up to the recent home league fixture against Maritzburg United. He was also forced to miss the Soweto Derby clashes against Kaizer Chiefs and Swallows, respectively.

According to the club, Monare has made some progress in recovering from the knock. He is expected to return to training next week.

MORE ORLANDO PIRATES PLAYERS BACK AT TRAINING 

Monare is joined on the injury list by Goodman Mosele. Mosele is scheduled to return to full training in the coming weeks along with Bandile Shandu.

Mosele is expected to start light training by the end of the current week. He picked up an ankle ligament injury. Shandu is also scheduled to return before the end of the month after treatment on a stiff hamstring.

CAPTAIN INNOCENT MAELA BACK AT TRAINING 

“Other recent additions to the Bucs injury list include captain Innocent Maela. He had a relatively short spell on the sidelines after he sustained a left-foot contusion against Chiefs and has since resumed training.

“Similarly, his defensive partner Olisa Ndah is also back at training after picking up a knock in his cameo at FNB Stadium,” the club announced. 

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“Meanwhile, there are encouraging news relating to goalkeeper Richard Ofori. He has been discharged by the Medical team and is back at full training after being sidelined since November last year,”

Pirates will be in action this coming Saturday in the Nedbank Cup last 16 round against Venda Football Academy.

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare has revealed why the players have responded well to head coach Jose Riveiro’s way of doing things. The Spaniard joined Pirates at the beginning of the current season after a stint in Finland. 

He has made an instant impact with the squad winning the 2022 MTN8 final after beating AmaZulu in the final. 

WHY ORLANDO PIRATES COACH JOSE RIVEIRO IS SPECIAL 

“He understands us as individuals and he knows how to speak to individuals in certain ways,” said Monare. 

“So I think that’s the trick that he brings within the squad where he understands it first and he is a good human being. 

“He has a way of approaching individuals in a different way. Obviously we are different people who come from different backgrounds so I think he has a way of doing that,” he added. 

Monare was speaking at the Nedbank Cup last 16 draw in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Pirates have been drawn against Motsepe Foundation Championship side Venda Football Academy. The 33-year-old insists Riveiro makes football look easy for everyone.

THABANG MONARE APPRECIATES RIVEIRO’S SIMPLICITY 

“What he does he makes us see football in a more easy way if I may. He makes us work on tasks whereby we are pieces of a puzzle so when those pieces are complete it becomes the bigger picture.

Thabang Monare
Thabang Monare

“So he has a way of working with that where midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers do different things. So it’s like pieces of puzzles that when they come together it becomes a beautiful picture.”

Riveiro is set to miss the DStv Premiership clash against Maritzburg United after being given a two-match suspension. He reportedly used bad language towards officials during Pirates’ Nedbank Cup last 32 clash with All Stars over the weekend.

Club assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi will be tasked with taking charge of the team in his absence. 

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