Anyone would have noticed that Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer was engaging the South African for the first time on Saturday.
Speaking after his side’s 3-1 win over Black Leopards at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Zinnbauer appeared like a rabbit in the headlights – like someone in a lost environment, which is understandable considering it’s his first time coaching in SA. Zinnbauer was appointed Bucs mentor on December 10, taking over from then interim coach Rulani Mokwena two weeks ago.
He struggled to understand some questions, but is well spoken.
This is how Zinnbauer’s first media went at Orlando…
How was the experience of your first match in SA?
It was a good feeling. We have good supporters… we started good in the game.
The match was not so good for me. We had good and bad things. We had three goals on our side, but we lost the ball (many times) and that is not what I want, but we (will) work on this.
Pirates basically played the same way they did (under Mokwena). Are there changes that you would implement?
We had five or seven training sessions and you would have noticed that it’s not so easy to change all the systems. I have a philosophy that is in my head and I give the information to the players, but you cannot change 100% the system. It’s step-by-step and we improve the team in the new system.
Take us through the events leading to your appointment…
Before I came here, I watched the games on TV and I see a very good quality in the team. Pirates is a big club in Africa and the players are very fast, quick and they have good technical (ability).
What is it that you are promising the Pirates supporters?
I think when you work in Pirates then you have all this pressure and I noticed. Clubs have a culture and traditions. I think we have good players, we have perfect structures here in the club and I think we have all what we need to move to the next step…
How are things between you and the previous coach (Rulani Mokwena)?
All (the) guys opened their hands when I come here. The staff is very welcoming… we have a good connect.
*Pirates’ next match is away against Bloemfontein Celtic on January 4.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa