Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa’s most storied football clubs, is facing a tumultuous period as head coach Jose Riveiro finds himself on the precipice of an uncertain future.
Recent results, including a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Jwaneng Galaxy in the CAF Champions League, have raised questions about Riveiro’s tenure.
The Jwaneng Galaxy Setback
The recent 5-4 defeat on penalties at the hands of Jwaneng Galaxy was a gut-wrenching blow to the Buccaneers.
— Orlando Pirates (@orlandopirates) September 29, 2023
This loss came on the back of three previous defeats, a 1-0 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy in the first leg of the CAF Champions League, a league loss to Mamelodi Sundowns, and a 1-0 defeat against Stellenbosch FC in the semi-final second leg of the MTN8.
A Desperate Need for Victory For Jose Riveiro
Orlando Pirates’ situation was dire as they entered the match against Galaxy.
With three consecutive losses behind them, the team was under immense pressure to secure a victory.
The expectations were high, and only a win would suffice.
A Glimpse of Hope
Late in the match, Evidence Makgopa’s deflected strike breathed life into the Pirates’ hopes, sending the game into a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
However, the Buccaneers would ultimately lose 5-4 on penalties after Relebohile Mofokeng’s crucial miss.
Jose Riveiro on the Chopping Block?
The loss to Jwaneng Galaxy has intensified the pressure on head coach Jose Riveiro.
Sources close to the club indicate that his position is now in jeopardy.
The source stated, “This defeat has just made things worse for Riveiro, as he was given a mandate to go further into the competition.
“And now that he is out of it and lost four matches in a row, he is likely to be fired if he doesn’t win the MTN8 final next weekend.”
A Ray of Hope – The MTN8 Final
Riveiro faces a crucial test in his coaching career as he seeks to turn the tide.
The Spaniard will look to replicate his cup-winning form from the previous season and defend the MTN8 trophy.
The Pirates are set to face Sundowns in the final on the 7th of October at Moses Mabhida Stadium.