Orlando Pirates coach, Jose Riveiro, believe that his team are favourite to win the Nedbank Cup Final against Sekhukhune United.
The Spaniard joined the Buccaneers at the beginning of the season and won the MTN8. This weekend he will have an opportunity to win a second trophy against Sekhukhune United.
“Any game we are going to play we have to accept that role and pressure,” Riveiro said. “But it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be an easy game.
“We have to be mentally prepared for a very difficult game because it’s a Final and it’s also against a very difficult team [Sekhukhune United].
“They showed it several times this season, especially when they faced favourites, we know what’s coming and we know the amount of running we have to do to be the winning team at the end of the match.”
Riveiro said he is not surprised that that Orlando Pirates is one the teams fighting to win the Nedbank Cup Final also embraced the challenge that comes with coaching a team a big team.
“Where we are it’s the reason why we have an opportunity to fight for titles. We have a fantastic structure; we have a big squad full of talent that allows us to dream about it,” adds Riveiro.
“It’s not a surprise that we are one of the teams fighting for the title. When we started the season at the club like this it’s obvious that you think about being in the Final.
But bringing titles requires a lot of things that must happen during the season. Dynamics, injuries, piece of luck – but we are in the right place and it’s not a surprise to see us in the last game. “It’s been a long journey but I’m happy that we are the only team that has played every possible this season.”
By Zola Doda