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The 50-year-old is expected to receive his work permit next week, and could be on the bench when Pirates visit Mamelodi Sundowns on February 25

By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates have confirmed that they are still working hard to get the work permit of their new coach Vladimir Vermezovic.

Bucs PRO Mickey Modisane told Goal that Vermezovic will not be on the bench against Thanda Royal Zulu in the Nedbank Cup this weekend, but they expect the Serbian mentor to start his new life at the club next week.

"The club is still working hard to get his papers, but we are hopeful that he will start working with the team next week," Modisane told Goal. "VV will definitely not be on the bench against Thanda Royal Zulu," he said.

The Buccaneers will be hoping to see improvements as soon as Vermezovic takes charge, but until he gets his work permit, Eric Tinkler will continue to head the Pirates' technical team.

Pirates have collected just a point from their last three league games, but Tinkler is still optimistic that they will turn the corner before Vermezovic takes over.

Vermezovic's first task will be to solve the goalscoring problems at Pirates. The Soweto giants have not scored a single goal in their last three official games.

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