Orlando Pirates coach José Riveiro was cagey when asked about the possibility of the new arrivals featuring in a blockbuster DStv Premiership fixture against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
“It is supposed to be a press conference about the next fixture and the first question is going to the new players,” said the 47-year-old Spaniard, who joined Pirates on a three-year deal at the beginning of the season.
On Wednesday, new striker Souaibou Marou was hard in training as he waits to play his first match for the Buccaneers.
The 22-year-old Cameroonian striker was joined by another new arrival Makhehleni Makhaula during Wednesday’s session at their training base at Rand Stadium in the south of Johannesburg.
Marou, who was part of the Indomitable Lions’ squad at the Fifa World Cup in Qatar, arrived on January 19 from Coton Sport in his homeland while the 33-year-old Makhaula relinquished his captaincy at AmaZulu to join Pirates on mid-season transfer deadline day on Tuesday.
Despite the rainy conditions, the Bucs squad looked in good spirits as they prepare for their clash against runaway leaders and champions Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Pirates have hit form at the right time after winning three matches on the trot following victories over Golden Arrows, Stellenbosch and Marumo Gallants and scoring nine goals in the process.
Sundowns beat Pirates 2-0 at Loftus in the corresponding fixture last month.
For Pirates, who are fourth on the table, another defeat will feel like a knockout punch as it will see them trail Sundowns by a whopping 27 points, although the champions have played two more matches.
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For Sundowns, victory in Soweto will see them put their one hand firmly on what would be an unprecedented sixth premiership title in a row.
“One more week and another important three points to play for again. It goes without saying that it is going to be a special game, I hope,” Riveiro said.
“We will be looking for areas and departments where we can do things better.”