No trophy mandate for Jose Riveiro at Orlando Pirates


Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has shed light on the expectations that are on him to deliver silverware this season.

Riveiro was appointed as Orlando Pirates' new head coach at the start of the season to replace the co-coaching duo of Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi and arrived at a time when the club last won a trophy in 2020 when they lifted the MTN 8.

The Buccaneers' last taste of league glory came eight years prior in the 2011/12 campaign and pressure is on the Spaniard to mount a challenge this season after the club's shortcomings in recent years.

Speaking following Pirates' 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday, Riveiro revealed that he was aware of the expectations that came with the job but that he had been given no specific do-or-die mandate in respect of winning trophies.

"No... No..." Riveiro replied when broached on the topic "No, but I am coaching Orlando Pirates. I know what the people expect and what the people wish for, and we are working to make that happen.

"To put it simply, we don't wish. Wishes are for the birthdays. We are working every day to make it possible and to bring some special for our people this season."