Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has responded to increasing concern among critics over the slow start made by striker Bienvenu Eva Nga.

Orlando Pirates came away with just a point as they played to a meek goalless draw against SuperSport United in their DStv Premiership encounter at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday evening.

Buoyed by an away victory to Royal AM in midweek, the Buccaneers sought to complete another win on the road as they visited a United side that was yet to add to their “win” column after taking to the field three times this season.

Pirates dominated the majority of Sunday evening’s, but lacked the desired fluency under new coach Jose Riveiro, particularly in terms of taking their attacking chances.

Striker Bienvenu Eva Nga has also struggled to hit the ground running as he adjusts to his arrival at Pirates, and in the PSL, lasting 67 minutes as both teams failed to break the deadlock on Sunday.

“Our strikers, we have five in the squad, they must do a lot of things in the games,” Riveiro explained after that match, as quoted by iDiski Times.

“We are asking them to do a lot of things, in attack and in defence. When we lose the ball and when we recover the ball.

“We cannot just evaluate our striker on the amount of goals that they score, because they are doing much more things also.

When our number 10s can get the ball free and they can shine, it’s because there are a lot of things happening around.

“The role of our No.9, who is playing alone upfront, usually dealing with two centre-backs, today 30 minutes with three centre-backs and keeping them far from our [goal], there is a lot of things they are doing.

“I know that, of course, they are the first ones who want to finish the season with a good number of goals, it’s not a discussion.

Also, they are professional football players and they have to deal with whatever happens around, it’s a must.

It’s the nature of our job. We cannot be affected from the supporters or the supporters of the opponents, whatever they are saying.”

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