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Riveiro Reveals Five Players Who Could Have Dzvuka-Like Breakthrough

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has revealed five players who could have a breakthrough in the second half of the season like Terrence Dzvukamanja.

The Zimbabwean international went from being on the periphery and being jeered by his supporters upon introduction to the team, to becoming their attacking talisman in the second half of last season, scoring seven league goals in ten starts.

He also netted the winning goal in the Nedbank Cup final at the end of the campaign before a shock move to SuperSport United when Riveiro was keen to retain him but lost out as his contract elapsed at the Buccaneers.

At the time, the Spaniard emphasised his quality was never in doubt but rather he needed time to get to grips with the system he was implementing before he became a key player – something which could potentially happen again as they look to challenge for the Nedbank Cup and fight for CAF inter-club qualification once more.

“Not concretely one, I think that another clear example is Evidence, it’s a clear one for all of us, the moment he managed to get the continuity that he needs, he’s showing his capacity and I think he’s level is going to get another dimension in the second half of the season,” Riveiro said when asked by iDiski Times if there’s a player who could have an impact like Dvzukamanja.

“That’s what we all expect [from Evidence]. And then the young ones, the players like Mofokeng, Karim, Otladisa, okay Otalidisa isn’t young but a new face in the team – I think the improvement is coming there.

“It’s a process as always when you speak about players like Rele, and Kimvuidi, they’ve been around enough time to make sure the adaptation isn’t an obstacle anymore, it’s time for them to show their capacity.

“Marou as well, I think he’s making big steps forward in the last two, three months, he’s much more comfortable is what we’re trying to do. He struggled at the beginning of the season but as I said right now, the adaptation or understanding cannot be an obstacle anymore and it’s time to… hopefully have the opportunity to see them at their best.

“Again, we have 34 players, 36 in the squad, 34 available right now and it’s always difficult to see them continuously on the field, but that’s football.”

Pirates will take on regional side Crystal Lake on Saturday at Mbombela Stadium 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.