According to Orlando Pirates midfielder Goodman Mosele, their new coach Jose Riveiro is really putting the squad through their paces.
Mosele promised that Orlando Pirates will still be playing their distinctly South African style under Riveiro.
Orlando Pirates coach puts team through their paces
It is understood that Riveiro has been tasked with bagging silverware in his first term.
That might explain why he has been running the team hard in the pre-season.
“He is a demanding person,” Mosele told Kickoff.
“He wants to play football by attacking when we attack, defend when we have to defend.
“He wants everyone to work hard. He is a great guy.
“Personally, I won’t say there is much that has changed. Pirates are Pirates, you know the culture of Pirates.
“He even said that he won’t change the culture of Pirates. Pirates play football, they dominate games and that is also what he wants.”
Hungry for success
Mosele is considered to be among South Africa’s brightest prospects and moved to Orlando Pirates before the start of last season.
He admits that he wants to taste success with the Sea Robbers.
“I don’t want to lie, I want to win,” Mosele added.
“It’s been a long time without winning a trophy. So what we want to do this season is to win things.
“We are tired of playing for draws.”
Pirates will start their DStv Premiership season with a Soweto Derby as they host Swallows on Saturday 6 August.
Former co-coach Mandla Ncikazi was demoted to assistant after he and Fadlu Davids guided the team to a sixth-place finish in the 2021/22 season.
Riveiro was a shock appointment, with many former players critical of the decision.
It is unlikely that fans will give him much time to bed in with their diehards desperate for success.