Bucs' officials to get overseas experience

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The Buccaneers’ administrator Floyd Mbele told the media that Pirates have an obligation, as part of a contract with Adidas, to send staff to any other clubs that are also sponsored by the same famous sports brand.

“Adidas, being a worldwide brand, has its presence in a number of countries and the idea is not only to visit England, but possibly Holland and Germany as well,” he says.

“There are a lot of things that are being done positively in terms of development and in terms of the game itself. The coach would be able to interact with his counterpart to share ideas and from a marketing point and this means there is always the opportunity to learn best practices because all the leading teams sponsored by Adidas are leading brands.”

Although no dates have yet been set, or the names of the personnel released for trip to Europe, the club is hoping to exploit the opportunity to bring one of these two leading teams to SA for a short tour or arrange a match at either Anfield or Stamford Bridge.

“We’d have to look at possibly exploiting the opportunity which would be great for Orlando Pirates if we do get to take the team there, or conversely bring one of these two leading European clubs to SA. Most of the Adidas-sponsored teams are also involved in the European Champions League so we’d need to bridge the gap.

“In the event that something like this does come about, we stand to make sure that both of us are able to learn from each other. Most European countries would like to get the opportunity to interact with people from SA so that when they come here for 2010, they have as much information as possible,” Mbele adds.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are also set to continue using Johannesburg Stadium as their home venue as Ellis Park Stadium is presently going undergoing upgrading.

Bucs communication manager Mickey Modisane has confirmed that Johannesburg Stadium is going to be their home venue temporarily as Ellis Park Stadium is currently undergoing upgrading for World Cup 2010.

Modisane said that that their Absa Premiership game against Free State Stars which was set for 15h30 at Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday has been rescheduled for 18h00 on the same day.

“In the last game against Ajax Cape Town, we realised that people were delayed in getting into the stadium and this time we felt we should allow them time to do their business during the day, especially during the festive season. That way they can watch the game later in the evening.”

Modisane also added that recently signed Zimbabwean striker Gilbert Mushangazhike is set to start training next week.

“He is still winding some few personal matters but we expect him to start training with the team next week.”