Zinnbauer claims Pirates under ‘no pressure’

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Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer remains calm ahead of the Soweto Derby in the MTN8 first leg semi-finals.

The German mentor believes the pressure is on arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs as Bucs are not the favourites.

The Soweto giants failed to get maximum points in their two opening games as they were held to a 1-all draw against Stellenbosch FC at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Pirates were also held to a 1-1 draw by AmaZulu in their opening game of the 2020/21 DStv Premiership match at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium.

The two sides will do battle at Orlando Stadium this afternoon (15:00) in the first of the back-to-back semi-final fixtures of this year’s MTN8.

“We are not the favourites, we have no pressure, Kaizer Chiefs have the pressure in this game but we do our best, we have to win the game it’s important for us it’s the derby and it’s a big chance you can win a cup,” the 50-year-old coach said.

He added that the club’s new signings are still adapting to the Bucs way of playing.

The Sea Robbers coach went on to say that he is aware Amakhosi has a good coach in Gavin Hunt and will be able to put on a good fight.

“I know Kaizer Chiefs have a good squad; they have a very good coach. He wins titles (and) he was in the last season at Wits. He was always running for the titles. The squad (Chiefs) has improved (although) they don’t have new players (and) playing with the same players as last season, and we know it,” said Zinnbauer.

The Happy People knocked out Cape Town City in the quarterfinals of the competition in their first game of the season, and they will be hoping to replicate the same form against the Glamour Boys.

Chiefs scraped through to the last four with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United in their quarterfinal last Sunday, before they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in their first DStv Premiership encounter.

“I think it is an advantage for us as it is our home game. It’s a pity that we cannot change the situation right now as both teams will play without supporters. Football hasn’t been the same with the absence of crowds which has resulted in low-quality performances across multiple matches. Football needs fans just as much as fans need football,” he added.

By Mauwane Raophala

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