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Riveiro Coy On Changes, Updates On New Signings

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro remained stoned face about potential changes for the Nedbank Cup Last-32 fixture against Crystal Lake on Saturday.

Pirates come into the game as the reigning champions but will be without their influential midfielder Miguel Timm after his red card last week against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 1-1 draw with the league leaders could have been seen as points dropped but also a morale booster with Riveiro himself admitting the title race seems over at this point.

“Yes we will try and give chances, not because it’s Crystal Lake but we have 34 players, everyone is pushing, the new ones, the old ones, everyone is pushing,” he said when asked if some of the new signings could feature.

“Hopefully we can see the new players soon, not that we’re looking at the game as some game to test things, but we won’t have Miguel Timm for example, so we’ll see who will take that opportunity for example.”

On facing the SAFA regional side at Mbombela Stadium this weekend, he admits it could pose problems as they will come out as an unknown quantity.

“We want to replicate what we achieved in this cup last season, but we’re facing an unknown side in the lower league we don’t know much about,”

“It’s going to be an important game for Crystal Lake, it wasn’t easy last season against All Stars, Venda FC, and Dondol FC.

“We know we’re going to a place where there will be a lot of Pirates fans and the expectation will be a good game.”

Pirates travel to Mbombela to face the lower-league side on Saturday at 15h00.

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.