Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro emphasizes the importance of all upcoming fixtures as the team vie for a second-place finish in the DStv Premiership.

Should that happen Bucs would  qualify for the esteemed CAF Champions League in the upcoming season.

Reflecting on their first-round performance in the league where the Buccaneers garnered 26 points from 17 matches, Riveiro stresses the significance of securing victories consistently. “We need to win every match. We are not in a situation where we can have the luxury to drop points when we want to,” remarked Riveiro after Pirates’ dominant 6-0 triumph over Crystal Lake in the Nedbank Cup first round at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Addressing the team’s ambition, Riveiro expressed hope for progression in the Nedbank Cup, aiming to defend their title despite acknowledging the challenge of winning trophies consecutively. “We did it in the MTN8 and we are dreaming of doing the same in the Nedbank,” Riveiro added.

Pirates showcased their prowess in the Nedbank Cup clash, securing advancement to the next round with goals from Tapelo Xoki, Relebohile Mofokeng, Patrick Maswanganyi, Tshegofatso Mabasa, and an own goal by Adam Khumalo.

Riveiro commended the camaraderie within the squad, emphasizing a familial bond that strengthens their unity and resilience. “We are brothers, we are not friends but brothers, which is something stronger,” stated Riveiro, highlighting the team’s commitment to supporting each other through challenges.

With an upcoming fixture against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, Pirates remain focused on their pursuit of securing valuable points to bolster their position in the DStv Premiership standings.