Zinnbauer explains reason behind Pirates’ lacklustre form


Orlando Pirates have found the going tough in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Bio Bubble in Gauteng as they have difficulties registering their first win since the resumption of football, three weeks ago.

In four matches, the Soweto giants have only managed to score a single goal with three draws and a defeat against a Cape Town City side that played the majority of the game with ten men on Sunday.

Josef Zinnbauer believes the club’s poor form is down to the limited training time given to teams in the PSL’s Biologically Safe Environment (BSE) in conjunction with the coronavirus health and safety regulations as well as their inefficiency in the final third.

“This is not so easy, now comes the first week where we have a little more space [between games], we can go to the fields [to train],” said Zinnbauer.

Picture courtesy of Orlando Pirates.

“We can work with the team about the final third [challenges], that is the point where we have to work more and more in the future – [starting] this week and after this week, in the next season, in pre-season that’s coming up.

“It’s not so easy to work with the team in the bubble, it’s not an excuse but it’s so. It’s not easy, the recovery days are important for the players and then you have to be careful with the work, the muscles are not easy when you have tough training sessions.

“But we get it now and we work on the turnaround and we will do our best,” concluded the German mentor.

‘The Buccaneers’ have slipped down to fifth place on the log standings with three games left for the team to try and secure a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup, a third-place finish.

Zinnbauer’s men will face SuperSport United on Saturday at the Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park).

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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