Moloi: Let’s not be too hard on Zinnbauer

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On Saturday Orlando Pirates lost 3-2 on penalties to Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup last 32 in their own backyard at Orlando Stadium.

Pirates fought back from 2-0 down and managed to score 3 goals and led 3-2 at some stage but ended up losing the game.

Former ‘Bucs’ midfielder Tebogo “Tebza” Moloi believes that despite losing on penalties the team is playing good football. Moloi who was once an assistant coach at Pirates before told FARPost that he believes the coach has done very well since joining the team.

“You know it’s unacceptable by Pirates’s standard to lose to Wits twice in the same season. Even me when I was at Chippa United I got points from Wits and Sundowns and that’s what you expect from Pirates mainly when playing at home,” said Moloi.

“The coach has been here for about 2 months and this was his first loss. I know once again it’s not acceptable by Pirates standards but look and the confidence in the players and the belief they have. That’s what we want.” – Moloi. 

“Winning the Nedbank Cup would have given the team the chance to go back to Africa and reclaim their rightful position.

“But having said that let’s not be too hard on the coach. He has done a great job with the team. Look at how they came back from 2 goals down to lead 3-2? That the Pirates we all know,” added the former ‘Chilli Boys’ coach.

Moloi went on to say that Pirates must start planning for next season where they can be able to set goals of winning 1 or 2 trophies as for the current season, they must just ensure that they finish in a good position that will see them qualify to play in the Caf Champions League or the Confederations Cup in order to afford the players the opportunity to showcase what they are capable of in Africa.

“But for now, we have to give the coach credit for taking the team to where it is,” the former Chippa United coach observed.

By Sifiso Mlowoka

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