Pirates hoping to capitalise after 'terrible' schedule

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro
Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro
Darren Stewart

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has expressed his relief at a weekend without football for the Buccaneers.

The DStv Premiership will only see six fixtures this weekend before at the international break.

One of the club’s that won’t be in action this weekend is Orlando Pirates and head coach Jose Riveiro says this will give his side some much needed time on the training field.

"We've had to adapt ourselves to the schedule and games, which was always terrible, in terms of games, fixtures and trips," he said.

"Now, September is no more normal. We have this break until the end of the month but we're not going to stop much.

"It’s a good time to do a deep analysis on what we were doing in these [past] six weeks of the competition, get the conclusions and make sure that we know where we are in our process. Because this is a long-term process.

"As a coach I’m glad to have time to train. For a team like us, which really trusts in the training process and what we do during the week. We now have the chance to enjoy these full weeks before we face our next opponent."

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Orlando Pirates will return to action with a crushing MTN8 semi-final clash against defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns on 1 October.

"Even through we’re going to have a short rest, we’re going to use the time very properly because we’re still very hungry [for trophies] and we'll come into the game in very good condition," added Riveiro.

Goodman Mosele, Zakhele Lepasa, Nkosinathi Sibisi and captain Innocent Maela will not be a part of Buccaneers will not be a part of those preparations as they report for national team duty.

Bafana Bafana is set to take on Sierra Leone and Botswana in two international friendlies later this month.

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