Orlando head coach Jose Riveiro has warned against being judged too early as the Buccaneers struggle to find the back of the net.

A goalless draw against Richards Bay on Saturday marked the third straight match in which the Buccaneers failed to score.

Subsequently, Pirates have been leap-frogged by rivals Kaizer Chiefs who are now above them in the premiership table.

But coach Riveiro insists it’s too early to cast judgements.

“The work they [Pirates’ players] are doing [in training] is exceptional and the results are going to be the consequence of that.

“So let’s see where we are at the end of the season and let’s do the analysis at that moment, and not after nine, ten or eleven games,” he said after the Richards Bay clash.

Despite the three-game winless run, Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro assures the club’s supporters that the team is working hard to return to winning ways.

“I can guarantee them they can be proud of the effort the boys are doing every single day,”

“The level of commitment is so high and I’m extremely surprised by how quickly the guys have reduced the times you would have in every process when you’re starting to build something, not from zero but from the base, like we are.”

Pirates remain within touching distance of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and still have a chance of progressing to the final of the MTN8 should they out maneuver the Brazilians in the second leg to of the tie.

“There are many things, like I said before, that make me feel optimistic about the future of the team. We have proved how competitive we can be in every single scenario, in both the two competitions we play at the moment,” Riveiro added.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Vincent Pule asks for patience from club support.

“Like I said before, I know that fans are wanting to (would rather) see the team winning games than talk about the process. When we don’t get the result that we were all looking for, it’s not what they want to hear.

“I know, I know where I am. The only thing we can do is work like super professionals every morning and that’s what the guys are doing. That’s the only way you can have success in life.”

The Buccaneers will hope for better fortunes in front of goal when they host AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium on Friday.

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