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Riveiro Admits Fans Played Crucial Role In Soweto Derby Triumph

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro says the atmosphere at FNB Stadium was special as their fans dominated Kaizer Chiefs in the iconic arena.

Riviero has often put a brave face when hosting Chiefs at the Calabash, with insiders claiming he’s been critical of playing the derby ‘away from home’.

While the marketing, safety, accessibility and revenue aspect for the Buccaneers plays a huge role in the decision to play out at Chiefs’ home ground, the Pirates fans made sure that wasn’t an issue this weekend.

“I think the atmosphere from the warm-up… was something else, the energy in this stadium is special, it’s special and [the fans] made it possible today, I think the last derby was the opposite, the majority was Chiefs fans,” Riveiro said.

“The Pirates fans dominated [this time] in the stands, it’s probably one of the reasons we performed the way we did. There wasn’t… we didn’t feel [a certain way] when things didn’t go the way we wanted, they were supporting and cheering all the time, not putting stress on the boys.

“[We] did a fantastic job to come back two times, it could be nice to have this atmosphere in every game, I’m sure if we filled Orlando… I’m not asking [fans], I’m not the one who sits down here to ask for support, you know.

“But this kind of atmosphere when you play a home [game], it’s difficult for the opponent, it’s obvious, and when they are behind us, it makes it easier to run the extra mile, so yeah, like I said before the match, it was important [our fans] play the game with us, we played together and they did it.”

Pirates’ win over their rivals moved them up to second place in the league ahead of their Nedbank Cup last-16 showdown against Hungry Lions this week.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.