German coach Josef Zinnbauer is very mindful of the fact that expectations are always lofty at Orlando Pirates to deliver trophies but says his main focus is to ensure his troops are ready mentally and physically for the 2020/21 season.
Zinnbauer believes finding the ‘right system and structure’ with a bit of hard work will inspire Pirates to glory as he challenges his charges to deliver.
It’s been six seasons of sorrow at Orlando, considering the club’s trophy cabinet had gathered dust since their last success which came via the Nedbank Cup back in 2014.
The mandate is clear and simple for the German mentor, make the Buccaneers happy people again by bringing silverware to Soweto.
“When you work at a club like Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, it is normal to expect a title but that’s football,” he said.
“Now we have to improve the system that we want in this league and when we get the system and find the structure then we have a chance to fight for the title. We have other teams in the league, they are also fighting for titles, but we have a chance.
“All is possible in football. When you have a chance, you can win the league, the cup and CAF competition. But you have to work hard and that is the focus that we need in the team,” added Zinnabuer.
“You cannot say that when we have six to seven games, then we start by working and then we go back to being casual. It’s not possible this season. We have to fight and give a 100% effort in all the games. When we do that, we have a chance of winning the games and then titles.”
Pirates will begin their quest for glory when they take on Cape Town City in the MTN8 quarterfinals on Saturday evening at Orlando Stadium.
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