Orlando Pirates’ Spanish Tactician Tips Marou for Stellar Season After Lengthy Absence

Orlando Pirates’ Spanish Tactician Tips Marou for Stellar Season After Lengthy Absence

Orlando Pirates coach, Jose Riveiro, has shed light on the situation of Cameroonian international Souaibou Marou at the club.

Marou made a comeback to the field in the recent match against Mamelodi Sundowns, marking his first appearance since August 2023, notably in the CAF Champions League match against Jwaneng Galaxy.

Speculations of Exit and High Expectations:

Despite heavy speculation linking Marou with a departure in January, Coach Riveiro has expressed optimism about the striker’s potential for a significant season.

The Spanish tactician sees Marou playing a crucial role and believes he is in for a noteworthy season with Orlando Pirates.

Competitive Striker Position:

Coach Riveiro acknowledged the challenge of having many players in the same position, particularly as the team typically plays with a single striker.

He emphasized the limited opportunities for players to showcase their abilities, given the constraints of TV appearances compared to the week-long training sessions.

Positive Attributes and Work Ethic:

The coach highlighted Marou’s distinctive attributes and commended the player’s dedicated work ethic.

He noted that Marou’s recent performance against Sundowns in a significant game demonstrated his skills and capabilities.

Coach Riveiro expressed satisfaction that Marou had the chance to contribute and assist in securing a point against Sundowns.

Expectations for the Rest of the Season:

Expressing optimism, Coach Riveiro believes that Marou’s recent playing time will benefit him for the remainder of the season.

The coach emphasized the positive impact of Marou’s contribution to the team, indicating a positive outlook for the player.

Frustration Over Referee Performance:

In other news, Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena expressed frustration with referee Thando Ndzandzeka after a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in the DStv Premiership.

Mokwena criticized the overall quality of the game and voiced dissatisfaction with his team’s performance, highlighting concerns about the referees.

Despite the draw, Mokwena acknowledged Orlando Pirates’ resilience in putting up a fight.

Upcoming Fixture for Sundowns:

Mamelodi Sundowns is set to face La Masia in their Nedbank Cup Round of 32 clash, aiming to secure a victory.

The last time Sundowns lifted the Nedbank Cup trophy was in 2022, and they will be eager to replicate that success in the upcoming competition.

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