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Jose Riveiro, head coach of Orlando Pirates. Photo: BackpagePix.

Orlando Pirates coach discusses sketch penalty incident

Jose Riveiro has given his point of view on the controversial penalty Orlando Pirates recieved in their Nedbank Cup final victory

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Jose Riveiro, head coach of Orlando Pirates. Photo: BackpagePix.

Orlando Pirates clinched the 2023 Nedbank Cup title on Saturday night at Loftus Versfeld after defeating Sekhukhune United 2-1.

It took Sekhukhune United just 12 minutes to take the lead through Sibusiso Vilakazi. United were undoubtedly the brighter side in the opening exchanges, and Vilakazi showed that when he pounced on a missed clearance from Tapelo Xoki in the box.

The Buccaneers then leveled matters from penalty spot before half-time through Xoki after Victor Letsoalo was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

Just when it was looking like extra time would be needed to decide matters, Terrence Dzvukamanja got on the end of a Saleng cut-back to finish from close range in the 95th minute!

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Jose comments on Orlando Pirates penalty

“I don’t know exactly what happened, why he ended up on the grass, whether it was a fall or not,” the Orlando Pirates coach said as quoted by IdiskiTimes.

“Then Lorch tried to overpass him and I’ve seen the picture, where the player is touching the ball deliberately with the hand.

“But still, you can imagine, I didn’t yet have the opportunity to watch the action. Any action of the game. So my opinion in this case doesn’t help anybody.”

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Spanish coach Jose Riveiro in charge of Orlando Pirates. Photo: BackpagePix

In other news, Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Sandile Ndlovu believes Khanyisa Mayo’s dad was pivotal in blocking a move to neither Kaizer Chiefs nor Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mayo was tipped to join either side after a stellar campaign at Cape Town City.

The striker however decided to extend his stay in Cape Town until 2028!

According to Ndlovu, Patrick Mayo would have played a major role in his son’s career decision…

Mayo Snr blocked Chiefs and Sundowns move?

“If you have a father who played the game, you will never make the same mistakes your father did.” Ndlovu told KickOff regarding the Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns linked man.

“It’s clear the advice came from the father even if he was my son, I would have said good move.

“As for the three-year deal. I think it was proposed by Cape Town City, they wanted to be secured.

“The more he plays for Bafana the more Cape Town City stands to sell him at the right price. Next season he will be worth more. Remember football is a business.

“At this stage, it could have been difficult for him to choose between Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.”

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Bafana Bafana and Cape Town City striker Khanyisa Mayo is the son of Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mayo – Photo: Facebook – Cape Town City

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