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Sredojevic: Orlando Pirates midfielder Sangweni still part of my plans

7:06 PM GMT+8 02/02/2018
Orlando Pirates, Thamsanqa Sangweni
The six-capped South Africa international is faced with stiff competition at Bucs having made only three league appearances this season

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic says Thamsanqa Sangweni is still part of his plans for the reminder of the current 2017/18 campaign.

The central midfielder has found it difficult to break into the Bucs starting line-up since he recovered from a knee injury last November.

Sangweni joined Bucs from Chippa United prior to the start of the current campaign. He picked up the injury during his first PSL game for the Soweto giants which was against Chippa last August.

AmaZulu FC were one of the clubs which were said to be monitoring Sangweni's situation at the Houghton-based side during the recent January transfer Window.

The lanky midfielder began his professional career at AmaZulu in 2009 before going on to play for Mamelodi Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town as well as Chippa.

However, Sangweni has remained at Pirates and Sredojevic insisted that the defensive midfielder is still part of his plans despite having not featured for the team this year.

“He is absolutely in our plans. He is one of the players competing for a central midfield position," Sredojevic told the media. 

Sangweni has been competing with Musa Nyatama, Issa Sarr and Abbubaker Mobara, who is a defender-come-midfielder, for a place in the Bucs starting line-up.

Pirates recently signed box-to-box midfielder Xola Mlambo from Bidvest Wits which increased competition in the team's midfield.

"The moment succeeds in reaching the criteria and standard we are looking for in our team, he will be there," the former Al Hilal coach continued.

Sangweni's last game for Bucs was against SuperSport United in a league game which ended in a 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium last November.

"We have great respect for his human and football qualities," Sredojevic concluded.

Pirates were stunned 3-0 by Ajax Cape Town in a league encoounter which was played in the Mother City on Wednesday.

The defeat ended Bucs' four-match unbeaten run in the league and Sangweni will be hoping to feature when they face Maritzburg United.

The encounter is scheduled to take place at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.