Irvin Khoza pleased with Orlando Pirates' progress following overhaul

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Bucs appear to have turned over a new leaf following their promising start to the season

Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza believes that the technical team shake-up and releasing of a few key players was needed in order to overturn the club’s fortunes this season.

“I think the changes were honest and were understated. Some people were critical, but it's important also to take a very important leap and making sure that you bring coaches that are energised coaches that are motivated,” Khoza told the media.

Bucs roped in Rhulani Mokoena from Mamelodi Sundowns as Bucs head coach Milutin Sredojevic's assistant, while they also released key figures like Oupa Manyisa and Brighton Mhlongo.

They managed to bring in Musa Nyatama, Wayne Sandilands and Thamsanqa Sangweni among others, and Khoza is pleased with how they have all fitted in thus far.

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"It's not going to be easy for them but you can see they mean well in making sure that they maintain the credibility of the brand. It's not only us," he said.

“Even our competition expects Pirates to do well, because we are one of the pillars of football in this country,” Khoza continued.

"We are building a team, it's not going to be easy this year and we are hoping for the best. Football is like an arranged marriage hoping for the best," he concluded.