Nedbank Cup

None of the four coaches in charge of this season’s Nedbank Cup semi-finalists have tasted victory before. Photo: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates coach explains Richards Bay defeat

Jose Riveiro has explained why Orlando Pirates found it difficult to break Richards Bay FC down in their Carling Knockout Cup clash

Nedbank Cup

None of the four coaches in charge of this season’s Nedbank Cup semi-finalists have tasted victory before. Photo: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates returned to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to face Richards Bay FC in a crunch Carling Knockout Cup quarterfinal clash.

Despite both sides creating a number of chances at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, neither side managed to break the deadlock during regular time.

The match then proceeded to extra-time before penalties were to decide the winner. Unfortunately for Jose Riveiro’s side, the lottery of the penalty shootout was against them with Richards Bay picking up a 5-4 victory.

Jose Riveiro has since opened up on his side’s heartbreaking loss. Take a look at what he had to say below.

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Orlando Pirates coach opens up on Bay loss

“It’s not easy to play against a low-block team for 120 minutes. I think we did a very good job but not putting the ball in the net,” Jose Riveiro said as quoted by FarPost.

“There are not many things that you can do better. It’s about getting more confident in the last minutes.

“Like I said a few weeks ago, we are doing a lot of things very well but not enough to win the games.”

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The league is the most important trophy – Jose

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“The league is the most important competition, it goes without saying,” Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro said as quoted by TimesLive.

“Thirty games, 15 away and home against everyone in every circumstance, hot and raining. So, it’s the most important competition and we really want to find our rhythm there.

“Now we have played our fourth competition in two months and a half. We are trying to keep the level in all competitions we play. It is difficult mentally to face these kinds of competitions in a very short space of time.”

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