Orlando Pirates have been offered advice on what needs to be done to emulate Mamelodi Sundowns in the title chase.
After finishing the previous season in a disappointing 6th place on the DStv Premiership log, the Buccaneers have appeared to be serious title contenders in these early stages of the 2022/23 campaign.
The team is second on the standings and is behind defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns by five points going into the FIFA international break.
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Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has been lauded for the improved results, although the team will need to maintain high levels of fitness throughout the season to remain competitive, according to former striker James Mothibi.
“I said that we should be patient with Jose to see if he’s got something for the team and now I can see that there is something that he has and there is light at the end of the tunnel under his leadership. But I’m not sure if the team will be able to deal with the pressure that they will be getting from opponents in the second round of the season. The conditioning aspect of the team will play a crucial part,” said Mothibi.
“The conditioning of Mamelodi Sundowns for the past four to five years has been top class and they have been doing well. They know how to get their players to recover, and I would like to see that happening at Pirates. But so far, the Pirates conditioning coach has been doing well,” he said.