Call it early days, Orlando Pirates sit atop the Dstv Premier League after a 1-0 win over a much-improved Marumo Gallants side at the Orlando Stadium last night.

An early goal from Paseka Mayo, his first official start since an unfortunate injury last season, was enough for the Bucks to claim their third win of the season and move to 10 points from six games played.

The Gallants, who played good football but didn’t show anything, haven’t won since the start of this season. It was their first defeat after drawing their last four matches and coach Romain Foltz was left wondering what could have been.

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Apart from good football, loss of concentration in critical phases of the game seems to be another big problem for the Gallants. Against Royal AM last weekend they equalized straight away at the death and in this game they were already a goal down in the first three minutes.

“We would like to start every game by going out on the field, especially when we play at home. We knew how difficult it would be today, we knew how difficult it would be to share the position with Marumo [Gallants] they are very good players, especially up front,” Reveiro told the media.

“They are brave, they have the ability to keep the ball, on a big pitch they are difficult to contain, we tried to press high and we have problems pressing high to win the ball back.”

“At half-time we feel more comfortable when we have the ball, but in games like today when we didn’t, we show we are really competitive. I am very happy to see the team dedicated and fighting, and I understand how important three points are. I’m proud of the boys.”

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Pirates currently sit top of the table, ahead of Sandows, who also have a game in hand. SuperSport United head coach Gavin Hunt said last week that he believed Pirates were the team to challenge Sundowns this season, but Rivera is yet to buy into that talk.

“In my opinion, it is too early to talk about such things. We’re in a process that we started seven weeks ago – we’ve played a lot of games in a very short period, so the process is even more difficult because we don’t have time to learn, to provoke adaptation, to implement new things and all that. what we learn from the competition and we know that we need to do better and fix it even impossible to do during the week. Therefore, it is still too early to say who will fight for what,” added Riveiro.

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