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Riveiro Explains New Attacking Signings

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has explained the club’s transfer business as they lured eight players to the club ahead of the new season.

Pirates confirmed the signings of Lesedi Kapinga and Karim Kimvuidi last week on top of the acquisitions of Melusi Buthelezi, Katlego Otladisa, Patrick Maswanganyi, Siphelelo Baloni, while Relebohile Ratomo was officially promoted to the first-team.

Cebo Mchunu and Sphamandla Gumede were also signed but the latter has already been loaned out to Motsepe Foundation Championship side Orbit College.

But when asked about the four attacking signings in Kimvuidi, Kapinga and Otladisa, while Maswanganyi also impressed with three goals in pre-season, the Spaniard said the long-term future of the Buccaneers was also considered in their approach this window.

“No [we didn’t have a reliance on Saleng], when you sign players, you can do it in two different ways, or more than two,” he said when asked about the transfer strategy.

“It’s replacing somebody, improving and also thinking about the future, sometimes the signings are not about what is happening tomorrow but also to make sure we have that continuity in the team, in the club in terms of quality in two, three, four five years.

“We signed younger players, also players with a future, players in a good moment of their careers… players that are just in the beginning of their careers. So I think it was very good movements in the market from the club, and [I’m] happy with that.”

Pirates open up the 2023/24 season on Saturday evening against Stellenbosch at the Danie Craven Stadium at 20h00.

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.