Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has refused to discuss the names and details of the 16 injured players in his Pirates squad.
The reigning MTN8 and Nedbank Cup winner with Pirates, Riveiro preferred to keep the names of the injured players under wraps, per TimesLIVE.
He addressed the media following Pirates loss to Stellenbosch on Saturday night during their opening DStv Premiership clash.
The Spaniard, Riveiro also failed to share an update on injured midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch’s expected return.
Riveiro is known for refusing to share the details of injuries in his Pirates camp and that is seen as controversial by the media.
“We had 16 absences. They are coming. I am not the one to speak about the health of my players,” Riveiro said after the match.
“I am used to saying this in Joburg because this question always comes at the end of the [post-match] press conference.”
“We deal with 20 fantastic football players [who are fit] and I think it’s better to speak about them.
“Why, because you want it? I don’t speak about the health of my players. It’s not going to change. I’m not allowed to. It’s medical information, it’s private — you should have a look at the laws.”
Despite the loss to Steve Barker’s side, the Pirates boss reserved praise for players such as Patrick Maswanganyi who joined from SuperSport United.
Maswanganyi was handed his first start and he was replaced by another debutant, Katlego Otladisa in the 63rd minute.
“Patrick did well, as usual. He was consistent in pre-season, scoring three goals in difficult matches. He’s an interesting player. But I’m speaking about individuals now— no, that’s all,” Riveiro added.
“Katlego is also an attractive player to see him play football. And little by little they are becoming integrated into what we want to do as a collective.”
Up next for the Sea Robbers, Pirates will be at home this weekend to face Royal AM at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.