Orlando Pirates move into similar coaching space with Kaizer Chiefs


Pirates on Saturday announced Spanish tactician Jose Riveiro as the Buccaneers' new head coach.

Riveiro's appointment left question marks as an unknown quantity and a surprise choice as he has only held just one head coach job in his career – which was at Finland club FC Inter Turku.

Prior to his stint at the helm of FC Inter he was an assistant coach at three other clubs in Finland – HJK Helsinki, PK-35 and FC Honka after having been with the Celta Vigo youth team.

Doctor Khumalo & Ace Khuse – Kaizer Chiefs (2002-0
Doctor Khumalo & Ace Khuse – Kaizer Chiefs (2002-03)
Steve Komphela – Free State Stars (2008-09 & 2010-
Steve Komphela – Free State Stars (2008-09 & 2010-13) & Kaizer Chiefs (2015-18)
Pitso Mosimane – Mamelodi Sundowns (2012-2020)
Pitso Mosimane – Mamelodi Sundowns (2012-2020)
Kaitano Tembo – SuperSport United (2014, interim &
Kaitano Tembo – SuperSport United (2014, interim & 2018-22)
Lehlohonolo Seema – Bloemfontein Celtic (2016-17 &
Lehlohonolo Seema – Bloemfontein Celtic (2016-17 & 2018-20)
Kurt Lentjies – Chippa United (2021-present)
Kurt Lentjies – Chippa United (2021-present)
Fadlu Davids – Maritzburg United (2017-18)
Fadlu Davids – Maritzburg United (2017-18)
Gavin Hunt – Hellenic (1998-01)
Gavin Hunt – Hellenic (1998-01)
Neil Tovey – AmaZulu (2001-02 & 2009-10)
Neil Tovey – AmaZulu (2001-02 & 2009-10)
Scroll through the gallery to see 10 ex PSL player
Scroll through the gallery to see 10 ex PSL players who returned to coach their former teams

As an assistant with Helsinki, he won the league twice and was second in consecutive years as head coach of FC Inter.

He was born in Vigo and only played in the Spanish third division for Gran Pena admitting that he wasn’t a good player so went into coaching early starting out in the lower divisions back home before ultimately moving up north to Finland.

He takes over after the club experimented with the interim co-coaching arrangement of Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids last season.

Davids has since left the club while Ncikazi will now serve as an assistant along with Sergio Almenara.

Since Ruud Krol lasted all of his three-year contract until he left in 2011, Pirates have gone on to have Julio Leal, Augusto Palacios, Roger de Sa, Eric Tinkler, Vladimir Vermezovic, Tinkler again, Muhsin Ertugral, Palacios again, Kjell Jonevret, Milutin Sredojevic, Rulani Mokwena, Josef Zinnbauer then Ncikazi and Davids.

Just like Chiefs, Pirates have made a third coaching change in consecutive years having moved from Zinnbauer to Ncikazi and Davids and now Riveiro.

Chiefs will be led by Arthur Zwane this season after having had Stuart Baxter last term while Gavin Hunt was in charge in the previous campaign.

Just like Riveiro, Zwane is thin on head coaching experience in the PSL but is familiar with the environment and his club having been at Chiefs for 22 years as a player and coach.  

Amakhosi have also had just as many coaching changes since 2010.

VV came within months of completing three years when he was sacked in April 2012 after which Aces Khuse and Doctor Khumalo took charge followed by Baxter, Steve Komphela, Patrick Mabedi, Giovanni Solinas, Ernst Middendorp, Hunt, Zwane and Sheppard then Baxter again who has now since made way for Zwane.