Orlando Pirates Matrose

Azola Matrose warms up at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X.

Zero goals and zero games: Orlando Pirates star to leave on loan?

Some transfer reports can’t surprise us at all. Orlando Pirates are reportedly planning to send out Azola Matrose on loan.

Orlando Pirates Matrose

Azola Matrose warms up at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X.

Orlando Pirates are clearly starting to prepare for next season. It is believed that a player like Azola Matrose is set to make way with a return to his former club Chippa United.


According to the Citizen, the 21-year-old winger Matrose is set to leave Orlando Pirates after failing to make a senior debut. The Gqeberha-born star joined the Sea Robbers from the Chilli Boys after three goals and one assist in 30 games.

“Talks have already started between Chippa and [Orlando] Pirates. He is happy to go back to Chippa because he was a regular player there. He (Matrose) knows that if he performs well at Chippa, he’ll be recalled anytime, even during the January transfer period,” a source told the publication.


Orlando Pirates left Golden Arrows and AmaZulu wounded with 7-1 and 4-2 defeats. Coach Jose Riveiro has revealed that his team has overcome a certain obstacle.

Speaking to the media after the Nedbank Cup win over Usuthu in Durban last weekend, the Spaniard said Orlando Pirates previously struggled to score in the first half of games – and Cup games make it easier to respond to the challenge.

“I would like to find the same map in our league games. I think again, these games are different because it’s today or never basically. It’s not even a Cup tournament where you play two legs, so if we don’t have a good day today, we’re out,” the Sea Robbers coach said via SABC Sport.

“There’s no room for I don’t like to use the word relax but my English is very limited, so I cannot find another one but that’s the thing that in the Cup usually you start the games with this rhythm succeeding or not, capitalising or not and in the league sometimes it’s not like that.

“I think we [Orlando Pirates] as a group in the recent games finally found a way to get rid of one of the obstacles we faced in the last season and the beginning of this season which is scoring in the first half. In the recent games, we are scoring early in the game and that’s making the games much more open,” the Orlando Pirates tactician added.

Staying with Riveiro, the Bucs coach recently suggested that he has given up on the league race. The Spaniard simply described the runaway leaders, Sundowns, as a point-machine.

“I think we have only lost one game in 2024 if I’m not wrong,” said Orlando Pirates coach Riveiro via FARPost.

“We played a fantastic game in Pretoria [against Mamelodi Sundowns], we managed to get the [Soweto] derby. I think we lost against Sekhukhune United, and we were not at our best during the first 30 minutes.

“But I think what happened last week is a clear example [that we’re consistent]. We [Orlando Pirates] didn’t get the result we wanted against Moroka Swallows but it was not a 1-1 performance, not even close. I think we played much better against Swallows compared to Arrows. How can you explain that? After a 1-1 and 7-1. The focus for you or people who’re watching is always results.

“We’re not far from [consistency], we are there, we are replicating performances then results are results. We can still talk about consistency until the end of our lives, but it’s not the only thing to talk about.

“And when we see above us on top, we’re [Orlando Pirates] competing against points-machine, one team that didn’t lose one game in the last 40 or more games. Is that what you call not being consistent? We got 54 points, and usually you win the title in South Africa with 60, right? Probably you know better.

“But again, we’re competing against the point machine; they don’t lose. I don’t know where we’re going to finish this season. I’m not sure if we’re going to pass that number.

“We’re trying. It’s very difficult to get close, but we’re getting there,” the Orlando Pirates mentor concluded.