Riveiro’s Orlando Pirates Ready To Avoid Dondol Stars’ Upset In Nedbank Cup Against Venda FA
Riveiro expressed his desire for the team to win more trophies and maintain its reputation as one of the top teams in the league. While acknowledging Venda FA’s skills as a third-tier side, the tactician remains cautious and is preparing his team accordingly.
Ahead of Orlando Pirates’ Nedbank Cup Round of 16 match against Venda FA on Saturday, coach Jose Riveiro expressed his ambition to excel in all competitions with the Soweto giants.
Despite their status as heavy favorites against lower league opposition for the second consecutive match in the competition, Riveiro remains cautious of the potential for an upset, as was witnessed in Dondol Stars’ victories over SuperSport United and AmaZulu in the same tournament. The Pirates coach is determined to reach another final, having already secured the MTN8 title.
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro is eager for the Soweto giants to reach the final of the Nedbank Cup but remains cautious about their upcoming match against third-tier side Venda FA. The coach believes that a club like Pirates should aim to reach the final every season.
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Riveiro is hopeful that his team can replicate the success they had in the MTN8, which they won in November, but understands that they need to overcome a difficult Venda side first. Despite the importance of cup competitions, Riveiro reiterated that the league remains the top priority for his team.
In the bigger picture, Riveiro aims to complete a domestic double in his first season in South Africa and hopes to guide Pirates back to continental football after they missed out this term. The club is currently locked in a tight race with four other teams in the league, with Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Cape Town City, and Richards Bay all in contention.