Who is Josef Zinnbauer?


Orlando Pirates have finally announced a permanent head coach to take over from Micho Sredojević who resigned in August.

Josef Zinnbauer will take over as soon as his work permit is sorted out and will work alongside assistant coaches Fadlu Davids and Rulani Mokwena who was working as interim head coach.

The 49-year-old who is unknown in South African football cycles was last in the books of Swiss based club St. Gallen where he coached in 63 matches winning 19, drawing 14 and losing 30 with no trophy won.

Zinnbauer has also had two stints with the Germany side Hamburger SV reserve side and coached the senior Bundesliga 2 side during the 2014/15 season where he won 6 games, drew 6 and lost 12 in 24 games.

He has also served as a scout, assistant manager of Bundesliga 2 side Karlsruhe SC before coaching their reserve side.

Overall, Zinnbauer has a record of 323 matches (155 wins, 67 draws and 101 defeats).

Zinnbauer retired as a player in 2005 while at German side Henger SV after suffering a cartilage injury.

He has only coached in his native German and in Switzerland and a coaching job in the South African Premier Soccer League is his first task in the African continent.

Zinnbauer is yet to win trophies in his career.

By Ofhani Munyai

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