Pirates gunning for Africa


The recent surge of form has convinced Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer that his side can secure a third-place finish in the Absa Premiership which would see the ‘Buccaneers’ qualify for next season’s CAF Confederations Cup.

Pirates claimed a narrow victory over Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday evening to edge closer to a top-three finish in the league with only one round of fixtures left.

Gabadinho Mhango proved to be a super-sub as the striker rose from the bench to score a late winner.

This was the Soweto giants’ second successive win following their 2-1 victory against SuperSport United at the weekend to keep their chances of a sealing a Caf Confederation Cup spot alive.

Picture courtesy of Orlando Pirates.

“I think it’s now important we have won games in a row now,” said Zinnbauer.

“We have the last game and that’s important for us to take the three points and [then] we have nine points [from the last three games] and then the season will be okay for us,” added the German mentor.

Zinnbauer’s men are fourth on the log standings, just a point behind third-placed SuperSport and they will be gunning for maximum points in their last encounter of the campaign against a dangerous Stellenbosch side.

“Maybe we have a chance for a third-place finish and when we have the chance, we have to take this. This is the target we have in the last game,” concluded the Pirates coach.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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