Orlando Pirates team

Orlando Pirates team vs Sekhukhune United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Image: BackpagePix.

TV and time details: Orlando Pirates at home

Orlando Pirates don’t rest for too long these days. The Sea Robbers host Steve Komphela’s Golden Arrows this weekend.

Orlando Pirates team

Orlando Pirates team vs Sekhukhune United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Image: BackpagePix.

Orlando Pirates have to forget Wednesday’s lacklustre stalemate against Moroka Swallows. Golden Arrows are coming to Soweto.


The focus is on qualifying for the CAF Champions League next season. Coach Jose Riveiro‘s side are only four points behind Stellenbosch FC in the second spot that secures a place in Africa. A win for Orlando Pirates over Abafana Bes’thende could reduce the gap to one point. The battle is set for Orlando Stadium on Saturday at 17:30, with DStv’s SuperSport channel 202 showing the match live.


For Orlando Pirates to put pressure on Stellies in second place, the Sea Robbers have to play better football than what we saw in the 1-1 draw with Swallows midweek.

“In a very unlucky situation we concede a goal, and after that we were a little bit in a hurry, looking for the equaliser in a bit of a rush,” Riveiro stated, as quoted by Goal.

“In the second half, we started well again, we equalised and controlled the game, and maybe in the last 15 minutes, we were a little bit disorganised and lost a bit of our structure. But that’s normal as well [when] trying to look for one more goal. We couldn’t [manage to score the winner but], I think we did it a couple of times, but it was disallowed by the officials.

“So in the end it’s 1-1, I think it was a really good performance by [Orlando] Pirates players.

“Obviously in the last eight, this game number eight, we are really, really unlucky with some [decisions]. It’s not one or two, this is the number eight.

“But yeah, more than ever we have to be focussed and not lose concentration because like you see one of the moments that we lost concentration, we are losing one player now for at least two games.

“There is no reward for us in that space,” the Orlando Pirates mentor concluded.

Additionally, Patrick Maswanganyi backed his goalkeeper, Sipho Chaine, who was at fault for the Swallows’ equaliser.

“I think it’s a mistake we made as a team, we can’t blame it on one person, because we are a team,” Orlando Pirates’ Maswanganyi said.

“So we’re fighting for each other and trying to make sure we win the next game. I think I was praying for [Thabiso Lebitso] to play the ball [where I was so] I can score.

“It was a very good goal for me and it managed to help the team get a point,” he concluded.

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