Pirates’ misfiring attack a worry for Zinnbauer


Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was left scratching his head after seeing his side’ winless run in the Absa Premiership stretch to five matches, following a 1-1 draw against Baroka at Emirates Airline Park Stadium on Tuesday evening.

It took an offside goal by Evidence Makgopa to deny the Soweto giants their first win since February when they narrowly beat Black Leopards 1-0 at Thohoyandou Stadium.

Pirates have only managed to score a single goal and obtain just a point from a possible 15 in their last five league games with four consecutive draws against Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Baroka as well as a defeat by rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby.

Zinnbauer was not impressed by Pirates’ performance against ‘Bakgaga’ and pointed out that his misfiring attack line has been lacking composure since the resumption of football.

“We were not calm. We were too stressed. We needed to be correct with the final pass and final shot,” said Zinnbauer.

“I’m not happy about the result. We had control of the game. In the final third, we didn’t make the right decision.

“We conceded an offside goal, yes, it’s football. For me it’s a little bit weird, there was foul, six minutes extra time at the end of the first half is not possible. But you know we had it in our own hands.

“We didn’t make enough chances because we were not good in the final third and that is the reason, we have one point,” added the German coach.

Before the Premier Soccer League (PSL) was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, many fancied Pirates’ chances in the title race as they were on a good run of form, winning six games in a row after the arrival of Zinnbauer.

But now it is a different tale as third-placed Pirates are now nine points adrift of leaders Chiefs with only four games left to play.

‘The Buccaneers’ will next face Cape Town City on Sunday, 23 August at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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