Plymouth Argyle to play top South African side during Spanish pre-season trip

Orlando Pirates' players line up ahead of the South African Premier Division football match against Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on November 11, 2023. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Plymouth Argyle will play top South African side Orlando Pirates during their pre-season training camp in Marbella, Spain, next month.

Orlando Pirates were a distant second to champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2023/24 South African Premier Division, but did win the Nedbank Cup, the country's main knockout competition, for the second consecutive season.

Managed by Spaniard Jose Riveiro, they will take on Argyle on Friday, July 12, at the Banus Football Centre, with a 7pm kick-off. Admission to fans is free, with a capacity of 1,000.

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Pirates are making a three-match tour to Spain, and will also meet La Liga side Sevilla on July 15 before facing Al Sadd, of the Qatar Stars League, four days later.

Argyle will begin pre-season training on Tuesday, July 2 and then spend nine days at the Marbella Football Centre in Spain from July 7-16. There will be an opportunity for supporters to watch Wayne Rooney's squad put through their paces at an open training session on Thursday, July 11. Full details, including the venue and timings, will be confirmed by the club in due course.

ARGYLE PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

July 7-16: Training camp at the Marbella Football Centre in Spain

Friday, July 12: Orlando Pirates at the Banus Football Centre 7pm local time

Saturday, July 20: Cheltenham Town (A) 3pm

Saturday, July 27: Torquay United (A) 3pm

Tuesday, July 30: Bristol Rovers (A) 7pm

Saturday, August 3: MK Dons (A) 3pm