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Riveiro Hails 'Unbelievable' Bucs & Downs Fans

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro during the MTN8 semi final, 1st leg match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on October 01, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro during the MTN8 semi final, 1st leg match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on October 01, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro says it's "unbelievable" that two sets of fans can co-exist at a sold out stadium without any conflict.

The South African giants collided at Orlando Stadium and while the game was played at a lively pace, neither side were able to find a goal on the day.

Read: Bucs & Downs Fire Blanks In MTN8 First Leg

Despite not finding the back of the net, Riveiro was pleased with the players' following instructions on the day.

"Yea, I think it was quite obvious, it's always a discussion or we can discuss about controlling the game but like I said I'm extremely happy one more time with the way the players executed our ideas, our philosophy, our intentions here," the Spaniard told SuperSport after the game.

"One more time it shouldn't be a surprise that we finished this game with the advantage."

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The Spanish mentor also had a message for the supporters who came out in numbers at a sold out Orlando Stadium.

"It's unbelievable, I'd like to say thank you for the support, thank you for the behaviour as well, it's not easy to find games with this affluence, where the supporters of both teams can co-exist in the same place without any conflict," he said.

"Without any problems, just trying to enjoy the game, supporting their own teams. This is a beautiful game, football must be a party and today was a party."

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