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Orlando Pirates fans 'must understand Erasmus only did three training sessions' - Riveiro warns ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns date

12:08 BST 29/09/2022
Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has insisted Kermit Erasmus needs time to adapt after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns.
  • Erasmus joined Pirates six days ago
  • He is physically fit
  • He has not yet adapted

The 32-year-old joined Bucs a few days ago from Premier Soccer League defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns. The Brazilians had hinted the attacker will not be used as he may have wished, and with six months remaining on his deal, he opted to join the Riveiro-led team.

The winger signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers who have started the league strongly and are second on the table.

WHAT DID RIVEIRO SAY: Having trained with his new team for a couple of days, the Spanish tactician has warned the supporters against expecting too much from the player.

"Well, I found an experienced player. Smart and professional because he is in a good fitness level and that tells me he is taking care of himself and he is ready to perform," the tactician said as quoted by Sowetan.

"It takes time, of course, he just arrived a few days ago and he has few experiences with the group, with the team, and the method.

"So, we need to be patient. We cannot think about the past and what he did. We have to think about what he can do for us from now and to be patient and understand that he just did three training sessions."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Riveiro is optimistic Erasmus will improve his inconsistent attack. In the eight PSL matches, Bucs have scored just six goals and conceded half the number. Leaders Sundowns have scored 15 in nine matches while the likes of Royal AM and Golden Arrows have scored 10.

If they are to challenge for top honours this season, Pirates have to get enough goals and it is the reason why the experienced former Downs player has been signed.

DID YOU KNOW? In the 2020/21 season, Erasmus was directly involved in eight league goals for his former team. However, last season, he scored just once in the nine top-tier matches he played.

WHAT NEXT FOR KERMIT: Coincidentally, the attacker might make his debut this weekend against the Brazilians in the first leg of the MTN8 Cup semis.