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Pirates’ Buthelezi in training after kidnapping ordeal: Riveiro addresses star’s wellbeing

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro coach has spoken out about the well-being of goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi following his recent kidnapping ordeal.

Recent social media reports claimed that the Soweto giants’ goalkeeper; Buthelezi was kidnapped last week.

Fortunately, he has safely returned and was present at Pirates training on Tuesday, 4 March 2024, at Rand Stadium. The Bucs are currently preparing to host Cape Town Spurs on Wednesday in the league.

This season the Bafana Bafana international has had his fair chance in between the sticks for the Sea Robbers. The 25-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions. He has managed to keep six cleansheets and let in 10 goals in the process.


Melusi Buthelezi during Orlando Pirates match in the DStv Premiership
Melusi Buthelezi during Orlando Pirates match. Picture by Orlando Pirates

Riveiro confirmed that Buthelezi has returned and is currently in a secure environment. He emphasised that the club is providing all necessary support to ensure his mental well-being.

“About Melusi Buthelezi, I think what happened to Melu belongs to a different space than the next game,” said Riveiro.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing from my side to comment about that. I think it’s a very sensible thing and the club will announce or communicate an opinion and statement or we’ll do it soon about the issue.

“What I can tell you is that he’s back, he’s okay, he’s his fit, he’s in a safer space with us, and that’s what we try to create. I’m not talking about security; I’m talking about mental safety or mental health. So we’re trying, and especially his teammates are trying to help him be back 100 percent.

“As a coach what I can tell you is that he’s looking good, he’s positive and he’s trying to turn the page and move forward. We’re here for him, trying to help him as much and as good as possible.”

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