Jose Riveiro breaks his silence on striker exist

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has broken his silence on striker Souaibou Marou’s exit, explaining that it was due to other players performing better in the striker’s role.

Marou joined Pirates in January 2023 from Cameroonian giants Coton Sport FC after being part of the Indomitable Lions’ squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The 23-year-old made nine appearances across all competitions for Pirates, scoring just one goal. During his time with the club, he won two Nedbank Cup trophies and one MTN8 trophy.

“Nothing really concrete, it’s one of the positions we have more numbers. We started with Zakhele [Lepasa] getting the starting role he managed to be the top goalscorer in the MTN8,” Riveiro said.

“The form of Evidence Makgopa was exceptionally important in a certain period of the league. After AFCON was the time for Tshego Mabasa the golden boot in the PSL.

“Nothing is the responsibility of Marou as a player. He gave his all from the first day until the last day. He was a good professional, a good player for us and he tried his best every day that’s what I can tell you.

“But this case, the coach was not willing to give him the proper opportunity because of the reasons I mentioned before. Sometimes things are not released how good or how bad you are as a football player, it’s just the momentum.”

The Garoua-born marksman agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, which was valid until June 30, 2025.


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