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Absa Premiership giants Orlando Pirates began their pre-season training ahead of the upcoming 2014/2015 campaign without their Bafana star yesterday

The Nedbank Cup champions held their first training session at their base, Rand Stadium.
 
According to a well placed Goal source at the Parktown outfit, defender Siyabonga Sangweni was noticeably absent, while Pirates' new signing Issa Sarr went through his paces.
 
"Well, the players had a morning session. There are two sessions planned for today. So, they are coming back for another one this afternoon," the source told Goal on Monday.
 
"Everybody was here, except for Nsimbi (Sangweni). He's still sorting out his personal stuff, and his new contract is still being discussed by management," the source said.
 
Contract negotiations between Pirates and Sangweni's agency, Prosport International have dragged on. His Bucs contract expired on 30 June.
 
The club's captain Lucky Lekgwathi is also out of contract, but he's still hopeful of getting an extension very soon.
 
"As for Lucky (Lekgwathi), he was present this morning, looking as fit as ever. Guys returning from loan were also there," the source added.
 
"The players will be leaving for two weeks on a training camp this week. More details will be revealed later," the source concluded to Goal.
 

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