Wednesday saw Orlando Pirates players and the technical team get together for their first training session of the new season at the Rand Stadium.

Barring the absence of the player who were in action in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as well as Onyekachi Okonkwo who will be joining the team later in the week, all the players reported for training this morning. Bucs mentor, Roger De Sa and his technical team welcomed the squad before taking them through their paces.

Despite only getting three weeks off, most of the players looked revitalised and upbeat in the opening session, suggesting that they are ready for what looks like will be a gruelling pre-season programme.

The technical team has revealed that the team will go on a pre-season camp at the end of the month once the team has been reduced to a manageable size.

Orlando Pirates’ first official match will be against Congolese outfit AC Leopards in an opening group match of the CAF Champions League on July 20. Seven days later, the Mighty Buccaneers will lock horns with Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup, where they will look to win it for the third consecutive time.