Pirates’ Jose Riveiro aims for swift turnaround in Soweto Derby

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro, is eager to witness a rapid kickoff as his team face Moroka Swallows FC in a highly anticipated DStv Premiership, Soweto Derby at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Riveiro’s concern about the slow starts impacting results have prompted him to focus on instigating a positive beginning to matches rather than dwelling on their recent goal-scoring challenges.

Reflecting on their recent goalless draw against Richards Bay FC, Riveiro expressed disappointment over the missed opportunity to secure maximum points. The Buccaneers, currently occupying the ninth spot on the league table with 16 points from 11 games, aim to climb the standings with an improved performance.

Despite a recent struggle to find the net, Riveiro remains unfazed, emphasizing the need for a better start to games. “We have to start games better, but I’m not worried about lack of goals,” he emphasized, emphasizing the significance of a positive match commencement.

The Buccaneers’ upcoming clash with Swallows adds to the intrigue, as the visitors, under coach Steve Komphela, have displayed commendable form this season. Key players like Lantshene Phalane and Andile Jali have contributed to Swallows’ competitiveness, securing sixth place in the DStv Premiership with 18 points from five wins, three draws, and three defeats.

Komphela, analysing Swallows’ recent 1-0 defeat against Kaizer Chiefs, expressed satisfaction with the team’s overall performance. “The team comfort in playing attractive attacking football, you can also tick that box,” he noted, emphasizing the positive strides made by his squad.

As Swallows prepare to face Pirates, Komphela acknowledges the challenge, particularly in the formidable setting of Orlando Stadium. Last season’s encounters, where Pirates emerged victorious twice, serve as a reminder of the uphill battle Swallows face.

Despite the setback against Chiefs, Komphela remains confident in his team’s progress, citing the preseason strategic planning that set a target of two points per match. “When you look at all those, I think from the amount of work we were doing in Potchefstroom in [the preseason] camp and all that, until now we can look back and be proud of it,” he asserted, highlighting the team’s growth.

With both teams eager to make a mark in the Soweto Derby, the clash promises to be a thrilling encounter. Riveiro’s emphasis on a quick start for the Buccaneers and Komphela’s confidence in Swallows’ progress add layers of anticipation to the fixture.