Late test of fit­ness for Bucs’ Pule

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Marc Stry­dom

Or­lando Pirates’ in-form winger Vin­cent Pule will un­dergo a late fit­ness test to see if he is fit to turn out in the Buc­ca­neers’ Absa Premier­ship match-up against Su­perS­port United at Or­lando Sta­dium on Satur­day (kick­off 8.15pm).

After a tough Au­gust when Pirates lost twice and drew once in their first five league matches‚ and were elim­i­nated from MTN8 in the quar­ter­fi­nals by Su­perS­port, Bucs will be look­ing to build on their fi­nal re­sult of the month – their 2-1 PSL win against Black Leop­ards at Old Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium.

How­ever the Bucs had mixed in­jury news ahead of a big clash against Mat­sat­santsa.

Pule will un­dergo a late fit­ness test for a slight mus­cle strain he re­turned with from his start­ing role for Bafana Bafana in their 0-0 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing draw against Libya in Dur­ban last Satur­day.

Zam­bia in­ter­na­tional for­ward Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga had been cleared to play‚ Pirates said on their web­site on Fri­day.

The Bucs med­i­cal team have de­scribed Pule’s in­jury as not se­ri­ous, but still need to as­sess the 26-year old be­fore clear­ing him to play against Mat­sat­santsa.

“Mean­while‚ Zam­bian in­ter­na­tional Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga has been given the green light and is avail­able for se­lec­tion,” the club said.

“Mu­lenga re­turns to full fit­ness ahead of the clash iron­i­cally against the same United side he last played against.

“The 28-year old has been out of ac­tion since in­jur­ing his an­kle in Pirates’ penalty de­feat to United in the MTN8 last month.”

Su­perS­port drew 2-2 against Pirates in their MTN8 quar­ter‚ then won 4-3 on penal­ties.

Pirates will be aim­ing to es­tab­lish a greater con­sis­tency in September after an er­ratic start to the sea­son in Au­gust.

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