‘Pule should leave!’ Orlando Pirates midfielder urged to ‘move on’ since ‘Riveiro likes young players’

Vincent Pule has been urged to consider leaving Orlando Pirates to stand a chance of playing football regularly.

The 2023/24 campaign was not good for the 32-year-old owing to injuries and lack of match fitness. He ended up playing 11 games across all competitions for the Soweto giants, with eight as a substitute.

In the previous campaign, the experienced central midfielder played 19 matches for Jose Riveiro-led team in all tournaments, with two goals to his name. He is among the players who have been retained by the Spaniard despite his limited contribution, especially in the concluded season.

Time to seek another challenge? Pule asked to leave – ‘Age is not on his side'

Ex-Buccaneers forward Jackie Ledwaba is adamant Pule has no future at the club since the competition is high and he can't match youthful competition in his department.

“Pule should go! I think it is the right time for him to move on, though I know it is up to the technical team. But if you look at his chances of playing at Pirates right now are very slim. He should move on and to a team where he will play regularly,” the former striker told SNL24.

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Orlando Pirates players during training – Photo by Orlando Pirates

“Age is also not on his side to compete with the players who play in his position, and with the injuries he has been suffering, it makes it difficult for him to cement a regular place. Moving on is the best solution for him.

“Apart from him being out most of the time due to injury, the coach prefers youngsters and that will take time for him to play. That is why I am saying it will be good for him to move on and find a new home. He is 32, and most times at that age are in the twilight stages, and you need to play regularly.”

Pule has been at Bucs since the 2018/19 season when he joined from Bidvest Wits; however, in the last three seasons, he has struggled to keep fit due to injuries.

‘Pule should leave!’ Orlando Pirates midfielder urged to ‘move on’ since ‘Riveiro likes young players’
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