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Palacios: New signings bring competition to Orlando Pirates

08:32 GMT 04/02/2017
Augusto Palacios
Palacios tells Goal that he has been hard at work with Bucs during the mid-season break and they are now raring to go as league action resumes

Orlando Pirates interim coach Augusto Palacios says they have prepared well for the second half of the season and he is happy with how the players have responded since their last PSL game against Bloemfontein Celtic.

“The preparations went well. The players know what to expect and they have responded well to instructions," Palacios told Goal.

“We managed to play six friendly games and the response of the players was very good. We finished our last game against Black Leopards,” he said.

“I think the players have received the message and they took it very well when we finished our last game against Bloemfontein Celtic. I am very happy with the response of the players,” Palacios added.

The club unveiled three new signings in Chippa United duo James Okwuosa, Marc Van Heerden, Dove Wome from SuperSport United and recalled Thembinkosi Lorch from the Chilli Boys.

But it’s the signing of Nigerian goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, whom they snatched from the clutches of Mamelodi Sundowns that has Palacios captivated.

“Today, they came and introduced the new players to the technical team and other players in the team. It was three players and one goalkeeper from Nigeria. He played in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

“He was very good. He is showing good ambition to everyone, who wants to play for Pirates which is very good,” Palacios said.

“I am happy for the club and chairman to officially introduce the players. I don’t want to hear anymore speculation because there is always rumours and nothing official from the club," he stressed.

“These new signings will provide good competition in the team,” Palacios concluded.

Bucs are scheduled to take on Platinum Stars in Rustenburg next week Wednesday.