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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: Twitter

‘This is football, not basketball’ – Orlando Pirates coach Jose

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has hit out at the playing surface at the Danie Craven Stadium

Riveiro Pirates Mogaila

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: Twitter

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro believes the pitch at the Danie Craven Stadium was not up to scratch.

The Buccaneers went down 1-0 at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday night courtesy of an Antonio Van Wyk strike.

Take a look at what Jose Riveiro had to say following his side’s opening loss regarding the uneven pitch.

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Orlando Pirates coach unhappy with pitch

“In my opinion, it was excellent, but this is not an excuse. This is football, not basketball. We don’t play in nice places all the time, sometimes the field is like this not good.” the Orlando Pirates coach said as quoted by FarPost.

“We knew that the one who is getting the lead helps a lot to the team that is defending. You have to protect the advantage, the space behind, then look for transition.”

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Ratomo and Lorch in training for Orlando Pirates: Image: Daniel Hlongwane

Vilakazi pays tribute to Mmodi

In other news, Kaizer Chiefs new signing Pule Mmodi’s mother has tragically passed away, the club confirmed on Friday.

Mmodi will play no part in this weekend’s action following the loss of his mother.

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His former coach Nhlanhla Vilakazi has since opened on losing his star man.

“Psychologically, he is definitely strong. He is a very strong somebody. I know that when he was playing for us, in the last six months everyone was saying ‘Pule must stay on the side’ because he is leaving the club. But he still played his part, so he is strong mentally and I am sure he will do wonders for Kaizer Chiefs.” Vilakazi told members of the media.

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