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Riveiro Gives Makhaula Update

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has given a further update on the condition of Makhehleni Makhaula after the midfielder needed emergency treatment on the pitch.

Makhaula went down clutching his side near the end of the first half, but while getting treatment seemed to lose consciousness. Medical staff rushed to his assistance before he was taken off for further evaluation.

It was a scary moment for all who witnessed it, including Riveiro and the Pirates bench.

“It was a shocking moment for all of us,” Riveiro said at the post match press conference.

“Obviously one of those situations that you sometimes unfortunately you have the opportunity to live yourself close. We used to see it in TV sometimes and today was our chance to have that feeling and I can tell you is not nice.

“But thanks to the doctors and and the technical assistance I think they managed to to stabilise him because there was a difficult moment, that’s what I heard.

“What I know is that he’s in the hospital, he’s in good hands, he’s in observation. I guess the club will tell you something. Tonight I guess to say more details is a personal thing.

“So what I can tell you right now, even though I didn’t have the opportunity to speak to Makhaula is that it’s okay.”

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.