Pirates pull a Riveiro out of hat as they announce new head coach




The Orlando Pirates’ search for a leader came to an end after the club announced Spanish mentor Jose Riveiro as their new head coach.

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The Spaniard’s appointment ends rumors linking Benni McCarthy, Steve Komphela and Gavin Hunt to the club, with Riveiro signing a three-year contract with the Buccaneers.

Riveiro takes over at Pirates, the team having been under co-managers Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids last season.

Davids has left the club but Ncikazi remains with Pirates and will be part of the new coach’s technical team, which also includes a new goalkeeping coach.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Jose Riveiro as Head Coach. Riveiro joins Pirates on a three-year contract,” read a club statement on Saturday.

“The new coach will be assisted by Sergio Almenara and Mandla Ncikazi. Miguel Bellver Esteve as physical trainer and Tyron Damons as goalkeeping coach.

The 46-year-old says he is happy to be part of the Buccaneers and he is looking forward to making history with the club by working well with his technical team.

“First of all, I would like to send a greeting to all Orlando Pirates fans. I am delighted to have joined the club. The Pirates project is exciting and I am looking forward to what lies ahead. honor for me and my colleagues to have the responsibility to coach such an institution and compete for the highest goals,” said the new Pirates mentor.

“Along with my support team, we are looking forward to arriving and joining the task force and the player group to start working immediately. We will work together to write history and build a team that we are all proud of.

Riveiro joins Pirates after a spell at Finnish club FC Inter Turku which ended in December 2021.

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