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Orlando Pirates appoint new coach

Orlando Pirates have announced a Spaniard as their new coach.

With speculation rife that they would appoint Benni McCarthy, the Buccaneers on Saturday announced former Celta Vigo youth coach José Riveiro as their new coach.

The newly appointed coach will be assisted by Sergio Almenara and Mandla Ncikazi. Miguel Bellver Esteve as Fitness Trainer and Tyron Damons as Goalkeeper Coach.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of José Riveiro to the position of Head Coach. Riveiro joins Pirates on a three-year deal,” the club announced.

The 46-year-old Spaniard said he was delighted to join the club and is looking forward to the challenge ahead. “First of all, I would like to send a greeting to all the fans of Orlando Pirates. I am delighted to have joined the club.

“The Pirates project is an exciting one and I look forward to what lies ahead. It is an honour for me and my colleagues to have the responsibility to coach such an institution and compete for the highest goals.”

Riveiro was an ex-Celta Vigo juniors manager before going to manage clubs like FC Honka, PK-35 Vantaa, HJK Helsinki and most recently FC Inter, all clubs who ply their trade in Finland.

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