Pirates recall Ngobeni and Johannes
ORLANDO Pirates have recalled Clifford Ngobeni and Robyn Johannes from their loan spells at Golden Arrows ahead of their pre-season camp.
Together with Lucas Thwala, the pair are among a host of last season’s loanees who have been brought in for assessments at their parent club.
Also back from respective loan spells are players Sibusiso Mnguni, Vusi Mthimkulu and William Twala from first division side Chippa United, and Mbongeni Gumede from Sivutsa Stars.
Back from Platinum Stars, Thwala had joined up with his former teammates and the new recruits in camp, where coach Augusto Palacios will be running the rule over the team.
However, it’s unclear whether the trio of Thwala, Johannes and Ngobeni will remain with Bucs as they hardly played, leading to their respective loan moves last season.
“All the players are back from loan and assessments are being done on them, including checks on body fat and reports on how they behaved and improved during their loan spells,” said Bucs spokesman Mickey Modisane.
“We’ve just announced new players and the coach is looking at the whole team to see who goes and who stays. Teams will have an option to buy the players they were loaned, if they are released, while opportunities will also be afforded to teams with interest in the other players.
“The signings are being made with the Caf Champions League in mind. The team will be ready to compete on all fronts.”
Also undergoing assessment is Happy Jele, who has recovered from a serious knee injury last November and the tall Bafana Bafana defender could be back when the reigning Carling Cup champions defend their title against Kaizer Chiefs next month.
The Buccaneers will first contest the Freedom Cup against AmaZulu on July 8 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, before moving their pre-season camp to another gear with a Carling Cup Soweto derby against Amakhosi clash on July 28.
Elsewhere, Mamelodi Sundowns players are expected back with the team today, ahead of their pre-season camp in Swaziland, while Kaizer Chiefs have already summoned their troops to camp.