Riveiro Rallies Trust For Dzvukamanja At Pirates

Terrence Dzvukamanja of Orlando Pirates.
Terrence Dzvukamanja of Orlando Pirates.

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has addressed the issue of fans disapproving Terrence Dzvukamanja's incoming substitution against Golden Arrows. 

With the game locked at 1-1, Dzvukamanja was given only his second appearance of the season on 74 minutes in place of Deon Hotto, as one of the solutions to try to get the winner.  

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However, the Zimbabwean was jeered by a section of supporters as he came on and he proved them wrong as gave Pirates the lead in stoppage time before Vincent Pule settled the contest to make it a 3-1 win. The former Bidvest Wits attacker was seemingly affected emotionally, as he refused to celebrate after scoring.  

Riveiro says supporters should trust Dzvukamanja as one of their own, especially in difficult moments and it would be better if fans wait until after the game to express their emotions. 

"I didn't talk to Terrence, like I said before I think when we're in a situation like in the scenario we were, 1-1 playing at home, not playing so well but trying," Riveiro said in a press conference.  

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"We need everyone supporting us, pushing us and Terrence came to the field to defend the team, to defend the club, you know it's always better if we all support him and trust him. 

"Once I say that the fans or spectators they have the right to express themselves, what they like and what they don't but we need to understand also that it's gonna be much better if we do it after the game," he said. 

"The game finishes, we can express ourselves, we can say (whether) we're happy or not. But when we're looking for that goal we need everyone involved." 

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The Spanish mentor went on to stress the importance of fans pushing the team in the stands, as they are part of the club. 

"When we started here together I said that it's gonna be important that the fans are playing the games with us, we play the games together and that's exactly what it means," he said. 

"And in moments like this we need the 100 percent of the support, the pushing from the stands," he added.

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