Orlando Pirates on Saturday shocked with the appointment of little-known Spaniard José Riveiro as head coach on a three-year deal.
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In a statement, Riveiro said he is delighted to join the club and says he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
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“First of all, I would like to send a greeting to all the fans of Orlando Pirates. I am delighted to have joined the club. The Pirates project is an exciting one and I look forward to what lies ahead. It is an honour for me and my colleagues to have the responsibility to coach such an institution and compete for the highest goals.”
The 46-year-old will join the squad for pre-season once all his relevant documents are processed.
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Riveiro is under no illusion of the high expectation that comes with the job especially in the season the club will be marking its 85th anniversary.
“Along with my support team, we are looking forward to arriving and joining the task force and the group of players to start working immediately.”
“We are going to work to make history together and build a team that we are all proud of.”
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Riveiro’s last stint as a coach was at Finland side FC Inter Turku where he led the Black and Blues from 2019 to 2021.
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In the same statement, Riveiro’s assistants were confirmed – and there were more surprises.
As reported by The South African website, following the axing of goalkeeper coach Sjoerd Woudenberg, it was widely expected that former Buccaneers goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands would take over Woudenberg’s vacated role.
Alas, that’s not the case.
Instead, Tyron Damons will fill the role.
It remains to be seen what role – if any – 38-year-old Sandilands will take on at the Soweto giants following his playing contract not being renewed for next season.
Riveiro will be assisted by Sergio Almenara and Mandla Ncikazi, fitness trainer Miguel Bellver Esteve and Damons as goalkeeper coach.
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Riveiro’s appointment means there will be no popular return for Benni McCarthy to the club.
Nor Gavin Hunt for that matter or Pitso Mosimane or Cavin Johnson – or any other familiar face to Buccaneers supporters.
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