Zinnbauer: I am very proud of the team


Despite being dumped out of the Nedbank Cup in the last 32 by Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was ‘’proud’’ of his men’s effort at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

“We have a team that came back (2-0 down) against Wits, I am very proud of the team…We have young players on the pitch, they need experience…I was happy with how we started the second half,” said Zinnbauer after his side lost 3-2 on penalties against Wits as the encounter ended 3-3 after extra-time.

“We made it a top game for the supporters, both teams fighting until the end of the conditions, it was a big game for me,” added the German coach who lost his first game of Pirates in charge in a cup competition.

Pirates showed character as they came back from 2 goals down to force the game into extra-time where they ended up going ahead 3-2 but the ‘Students playing with 10-men had other ideas as they scored with what was the last kick of the game.

“They had 1 player less on the field (Elias Pelembe red card) and we lost, normally that is not possible, but we played against Wits and we know they have the quality with all the players. There are things we have to learn in the next weeks and months,” concluded Zinnbauer.

The ‘Soweto giants’ will next face Black Leopards on Sunday at Thohoyandou Stadium in an Absa Premiership clash.

Pirates are yet to taste defeat in the league under Zinnbauer.

By FARPost Reporter 

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