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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Pirates coach explains losing Pule and Kimvuidi’s impact

Deon Hotto’s free-kick in the first half gave Pirates the win but Riveiro was not pleased with how his team started Saturday’s game.

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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro was pleased with his side’w 1-0 win over TS Galaxy despite losing Vincent Pule early on.

The 30-year-old had a concussion early on in the game and was replaced by Karim Kimvuidi.

Kimvuidi’s introduction made a difference and Galaxy players failed to defend against the Bucs star.

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“It was not something that we were planning to do, obviously, but he created uncertainty for the opponent and immediately started to create problems. We had a beautiful opportunity to double the lead with the pass from Karim to Rele (Relebohile Mofokeng),” said Riveiro after the match.

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Deon Hotto’s free-kick in the first half gave Pirates the win but Riveiro was not pleased with how his team started Saturday’s game.

“Again, it was not a good beginning of the game, a bit loose and there were two clear chances to score for the opponent, coming from our own mistakes,” the Pirates coach said to SuperSport TV.

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“We’re lucky that (goalkeeper) Melusi (Buthelezi) did a good job in the last seconds but that was not the right way to start.

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“But little by little I think we took fully control. The opponent played with a a low block which made it difficult to find the spaces, they’re a difficult team to break down but we created enough in the first half. We were more comfortable after the goal, creating more and more spaces,” Riveiro added.

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