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Head Coach Riveiro Discusses the Impact of Pirates’ Fresh Recruits

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Jose Riveiro, coach of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 football match between Orlando Pirates and Swallows FC at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 06 August 2022 Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates are set on getting even stronger next season

The Sea Robbers have completed no less than six new signings for 2023/24.

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Having had a super successful transfer window last season with the likes of Miguel Timm, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Kermit Erasmus, and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Pirates are eager to get stronger next term.

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As reported by the club and The South African website over the past month, the Soweto giants have completed six new deals:

  1. Melusi Buthelezi, 25, goalkeeper
  2. Siphelo Baloni, 23, central midfielder
  3. Katlego Otladisa, 26, winger
  4. Patrick Maswanganyi, 25, forward
  5. Lesedi Kapinga, 28, attacking midfielder
  6. Karim Kimvuidi, 21, attacking midfielder.

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Meanwhile, coach Riveiro has expressed his delight while also suggesting that the new players are for the medium to long-term future.

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Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has to be ready for added selection headaches. Image: Orlando Pirates/Twitter.

“When you go to the market, there are different factors playing a role,” Riveiro said via the Sowetan.

“We had to think in the short- to mid-term, I think Pirates did an exceptional job in the market. The adaptation of the players is going so well, in some of the cases, it’s even going quicker than what we expected.

“So happy with the new players because I think the future is going to be nice for them and the club as well,” the Pirates tactician added.


Additionally, the Sea Robbers have also announced seven exits.

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The list is as follows:

  • Ntsako Makhubela, 29, attacking midfielder
  • Craig Martin, 29, wingback
  • Nkanyiso Zungu, 27, midfielder
  • Kopano Thuntsane, 23, goalkeeper
  • Ndumiso Mabena, 36, striker
  • Terrence Dzvukamanja, 29, striker
  • Goodman Mosele, 23, midfielder.
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