Securing the fourth spot on the DStv Premiership table, the Buccaneers clinched a vital 1-0 victory against Polokwane City, courtesy of Evidence Makgopa’s decisive goal.

The triumph on Saturday at Peter Mokaba Stadium halted Pirates’ three-game winless streak in the DStv Premiership, setting the stage for consecutive home matches. The Sea Robbers are poised to take on Cape Town City at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday, followed by a high-stakes clash against arch-rivals Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Riveiro is eyeing a maximum of nine points from these encounters to prevent Cape Town City FC and SuperSport United, currently occupying the second and third positions, from widening the gap. Despite this, the Pirates’ tactician remains focused on the immediate challenges, deferring a thorough evaluation until the end of the season. With City and SuperSport United tied on 31 points, Pirates trail closely by a mere two points.

“It’s crucial to stay in touch with the teams ahead of us. This week, from today [following the win over Polokwane] until next Saturday [against Chiefs], marks a nine points week,” Riveiro emphasized.

While adopting a game-by-game approach, Riveiro acknowledges the critical juncture of the season, urging his squad not to squander opportunities when rivals stumble. He remains pragmatic, emphasizing the need for consistent performance.

Riveiro also issues a reminder to his hard-working midfielder, Makhehleni Makhaula, that consistent starts in the line-up don’t guarantee a permanent position, emphasizing the competitive depth within the squad.

“After the break, we integrated Makhaula into one of the central midfield positions, but no one’s position is guaranteed. With 36 quality players in the squad, competition is fierce,” Riveiro cautioned.

In the midst of crucial fixtures, Pirates brace themself for a pivotal stretch that could shape their league campaign, aiming to seize every opportunity to climb the table and assert their dominance.