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Orlando Pirates lost to Jwaneng Galaxy in their CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg tie on Sunday, 17 September. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Twitter)

Riveiro on why Pirates are lucky ahead of Royal AM clash

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro explains why his charges are lucky ahead of the clash against Royal AM slated for Tuesday night.

Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates lost to Jwaneng Galaxy in their CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg tie on Sunday, 17 September. Image Source: (@OrlandoPirates/Twitter)

As they chase their first win of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership season over Royal AM, Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro explained why his charges are lucky.

Riveiro explained that the 1-0 loss they suffered to Stellenbosch on Saturday night was just an accident.

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The Spaniard will now hope to guide Pirates to a win as they welcome Royal AM in the league on Tuesday night at home.

Judging his comments, it seems the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup winner with Pirates, Riveiro is confident they can bag three points at Orlando Stadium.

RIVEIRO ON WHY PIRATES ARE LUCKY AHEAD OF ROYAL AM TIE

After their loss to Stellies in the Winelands, Riveiro said his Pirates camp is hit with injuries as 16 players are sidelined.

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At the same time, Riveiro is also confident his troops can be able to handle the hectic schedule as they also have CAF Champions League assignments.

“We are lucky that we have to play on Tuesday again at home and to show there that today [referring to Sunday’s game against Stellenbosch] it was just an accident to lose,” said Riveiro to the media per Sowetan.

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“Psychologically, I think we are ready or I want to think that we are ready.

“We have 36 players in the squad to try and mitigate the fact that we have to play eight games in August with long trips and long waits in the airports and all of these things that we are going to find playing on the continent.”

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The Buccaneers will play for the first time in front of their crowds and the coach is upbeat they can retain the maximum spoils against Thwihli Thwahla.

Moreover, he said should they lose, he will accept the defeat and move just like they did at Danie Craven Stadium.

“I think the last time we lost a game was against Chiefs in February after that we had a fantastic record together and if I have to lose one game, I will like to do it like we did today [on Sunday], fighting until the end, creating opportunities, pushing our opponent to the limit,” he concluded.

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