Riveiro’s big mission going forward will be to work on his side’s attack after everything else seemed to function just fine except putting most of the chances that they create to good use.
If Pirates were clinical upfront they could have at least scored four goals.
Pirates had more chances to increase the score in the first half with players such as Eva Nga and Deon Hotto getting opportunities but they couldn’t put them to good use.
While Swallows were able to avoid conceding more goals in the opening, their display was not that of a top-tier side.
Eva Nga could have doubled his goal tally and for his new club eight minutes into the second stanza when he got the ball inside the box unmarked, but he took too long. When he kicked for goal he had two defenders around him and his soft shot was easily saved by Mbanjwa.
After introducing himself in style to the Ghosts, Eva Nga went on to miss probably the easiest chance when he sent his shot wide with only the keeper to beat and all Thembinkosi Lorch’s hard work was in vain.
Swallows will feel hard done by by the referee after the Dube Birds' Tshediso Patjie looked to have been brought down by Pirates’ goalkeeper Richard Ofori inside the box with 15 minutes to play.
Pirates will now travel to Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday while Swallows welcome Cape Town City at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday.