It’s obviously too early to judge but the signs are good that new Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer may be able to quickly win the trust of his players and hit the ground running.
Zinnbauer has been in the job for less than two weeks since taking over from interim coach, Rulani Mokwena.
On Saturday afternoon, he guided Pirates to a 3-1 win against Black Leopards at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium.
With his work permit in hand, the German was afforded a place on the bench… well, he didn’t really need the bench.
For the better part of the match, Zinnbauer was on his feet and clad in a grey suit, the Bucs mentor showed his character in more ways than one as FARPost.co.za observed from the media area.
Here, we list a few things, based on our observation, why Zinnbauer could be a hit with his players (and technical staff) which may augur well for Pirates.
For example, when he called up midfielder Linda Mntambo to the sidelines for some instructions, you could see from a distance that Zinnbauer was very clear in what he was trying to get across to Mntambo, who in central midfield, had an important role to play.
Hands on, also seen at training
Zinnbauer pays attention to detail. He watches every move and is able to tell players how to respond to a specific situation.
Cool, calm and collected
He’s not one to easily lose his head. He’s not your Muhsin Ertugral type of coach and of course no disrespect to the Turk. Zinnbauer is calm and in some cases very understanding, even when his players missed some good chances.
Gives freedom to his assistants
So much has been said about Rulani Mokwena’s body language, that he appeared sad on the bench. Mokwena returned to his assistant role alongside Fadlu Davids following Zinnbauer’s arrival.
What’s clear is that Zinnbauer allows his assistants a say, considering Davids was up a few times giving instructions.
It all bodes well for the Buccaneers, but again it’s still early days.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
at Orlando Stadium