Riveiro: We are going there with intention to win

Orlando Pirates coach, Jose Riveiro, says his side will be going to Stellenbosch with intention to win the match.

The Buccaneers take on Stellies in the MTN8, semi-final, first leg om Sunday, 3 September.

“We will approach the game with intention to win the first leg, that’s the way we want to do,” says the Spaniard.

“That’s the way we want to do it. Obviously, it’s more than 90 minutes and we will have an opportunity to consolidate our performance at Orlando Stadium.

“But we really want to perform in the right way, understanding that we have an opportunity and the capacity to do it. We are not going to speculate or think that we still have a chance to play a second leg.

“We want to give continuity to our performances in the league as well. Every time we go on the field, we do it with intention to win, that’s the intention for Sunday.”

Orlando Pirates opened the 2023/24 DStv Premiership campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Stellenbosch. Antonio van Wyk scored the only goal of the match three minutes before the interval.

“The fact that we couldn’t win a few weeks ago, it’s also an extra motivation,” adds Riveiro. “I think we played a good game [in the league] but not good enough to get the results that we were looking for.

And the [MTN8] draw gave us an opportunity to play them again soon and not to wait to play them in the second game in the league.

“We have an opportunity to go there and do better and get a good result which is winning. We are going there with intention to win the game, we are not looking for any specific result.”

By Zola Doda

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