Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has assured supporters that midfielder Karim Kimvuidi will have more chances to impress after an exciting cameo during Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Buccaneers suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Brazilians at Orlando Stadium thanks to a first-half Lucas Riveiro spot-kick after Siphelo Baloni was adjudged to have fouled Sundowns' Themba Zwane in the penalty area.
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I was happy to finally see Kimvuidi & Kapinga play, they need more game time; enjoyed their movement of the ball. I’m uncertain about Baloni, not because of the penalty but his decision making in some instances was found wanting; respect to the coach for starting him. #OnceAlways
On the night, Riveiro handed debuts to new signings Lesedi Kapinga and Karim Kimvuidi and despite the loss, the Spaniard was full of praise for the former Maritzburg United man during the post-match press conference.
"I'm happy for Karim's [Kimvuidi] debut, he has been working well, going through a period of adaptation to the team and to the methodology," Riveiro said post-match.
"Now he is much more ready to help us and I'm happy - well if it's true what you say (that Kimvuidi excited the fans).
"I think he contributed in the last minutes, he did what we asked him to do. He is a very complete player, he's physical, he's technical, he can create some chaos there in different places and he did it well.
Orlando Pirates must never bench this Kamvuidi kid again .. ?? he’s a Baller!! pic.twitter.com/6OyDGTFguv
"But obviously, we cannot build an opinion about Karim when he only played for 10 or 15 minutes, when you are chasing one goal, when everything is aRead on snl24.com