Pirates coach Riveiro

Jose Riveiro, coach of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 game between Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on 7 January 2023 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates provide squad update ahead of MTN8 semi-final

Orlando Pirates have provided an important squad update ahead of today’s MTN8 semi-final against Stellenbosch FC

Pirates coach Riveiro

Jose Riveiro, coach of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 game between Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on 7 January 2023 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

South Africa will come to a standstill this afternoon when Orlando Pirates host Stellenbosch at the Orlando Stadium.

The Buccaneers hold a slender advantage heading into today’s MTN8 semi-final second leg after picking up a dramatic 2-1 victory in the first leg.

Olivier Toure opened the scoring for Stellenbosch however Zakele Lepasa leveled matters for the visitors on the hour mark.

It then took a 94th minute Deon Hotto goal to earn a crucial first leg away win for the Buccaneers.

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Orlando Pirates provide squad update

“Bucs coach Jose Riveiro will be able to call upon the services of midfielder Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, who is available for selection after sitting things out in midweek. The player has served a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation and could feature in the match day squad.” a club statement read.

The national broadcaster, SABC, have confirmed that today’s match will be televised live on SABC 1. The match will also be televised live on SuperSport PSL. Today’s second leg between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch gets underway at 15:00.

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“An opportunity to go to the final, we go there and know it’s separate from the league. It has its pressures, but it’s a different game. It’s a different tournament so we can approach it with positivity and we give it our best shot.” – Steve Barker said as quoted by FarPost.

“Should we fail, it won’t be because we have not tried, that I can guarantee you. We will try our best and we will be as committed as ever. Stranger things have happened and it’s not impossible for us to get to the final.”

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Go big or go home says Orlando Pirates coach

“The difference between the Cup games and league games is clear. Sunday is Sunday! There’s nothing else after Sunday for one of the two teams,” Riveiro said as quoted by IOL.

“We’ll go forward or go home. That’s the thing that changes approaches. It changes everything. Stellenbosch are not coming to Orlando for points, but to try and get to the final.”