New signing Caio Marcelo settling in well at Orlando Pirates

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The Buccaneers have provided an injury update ahead of their encounter with Matsatsantsa

New Orlando Pirates defender Caio Marcelo is pleased to have joined the Soweto giants.

The 20-year-old player recently joined the Buccaneers from Brazilian club Nova Iguaçu FC after impressing the club's technical team while on trial. 

Marcelo, who was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, revealed that he is acclimatising well to his new surroundings.

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“I am settling in very nicely at the club. My teammates and the technical staff have been very accommodating and welcoming ever since I’ve arrived," Marcelo told the club's official website when talking through an interpreter. 

The lanky player was part of the Pirates' pre-season tour as they traveled to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Cape Town, and Ndola, Zambia. 

Marcelo and his Bucs team-mates faced DR Congolese giants TP Mazembe, Zambia clubs Forest Rangers and Power Dynamos, PSL side Cape Town City as well as National First Division (NFD) outfit Stellenbosch FC.

Marcelo is now looking forward to playing in South Africa, but he is also aware of the competition for places in the team.

“This is the first time playing outside of Brazil therefore I don’t expect an easy ride. I still have to get used to my surroundings, get to understand my teammates and a new style of play. All this takes time so I’m not in a hurry as there’s still a lot to learn," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Pirates' site also revealed that striker Augustine Mulenga and left-back Innocent Maela have been cleared for national duty following the successful recovery of their ankle and adductor strains respectively.

Mulenga is part of the Zambia squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Namibia this weekend.

While Maela is part of the South Africa camp ahead of the 2019 Afcon qualifier against Libya on Saturday. 

The site also made an announcement regarding Brilliant Khuzwayo, Musa Nyatama, Thabo Qalinge and Gladwin Shitolo, who recently recovered from their respective injuries. 

"Meanwhile, the Strength and Conditioning team is hard at work with Brilliant Khuzwayo, Musa Nyatama, Thabo Qalinge and Gladwin Shitolo, who are all undergoing the next stage of rehabilitation," a statement on the club's website read.

"Qalinge who has been out since picking up an injury in preseason, is undergoing light strengthening and balancing work. Meanwhile, Khuzwayo continues to work on strengthening work after the successful removal of pins in his ankle," it added.

"The strength and conditioning department has also worked on proprioception, lower limb strengthening, cycling and isokinetic strength where the goalkeeper has shown a lot of improvement in his testing over the past week," a club statement read. 

Pirates will take on SuperSport United in a PSL match at the Orlando Stadium on September 15.