Josef Zinnbauer could not hide his displeasure at his side’s lack of cutting edge as Orlando Pirates failed to make significant ground on their DStv Premiership rivals in a 1-1 draw against TS Galaxy at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Pirates could have won the match against Galaxy had they converted some of the numerous second-half scoring chances they created. The Soweto giants’ coach was left lamenting his side’s inability to kill of opponents.
Last season’s joint Premiership top goal scorer Gabadinho Mhango, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Zakhele Lepasa, are all nursing injuries.
But even with three of his strikers out on the sidelines, Zinnbauer is insistent that the players are doing all they can to put matters right, and only a different mindset in that area of the pitch will see them make headway.
“It’s difficult, it’s not Gaba alone, Lepasa, Mabasa and Dzukamanja also. We have four strikers out, but we cannot change it, it is what it is. We have to work with the players on the field,” said the German coach, who admitted that it tough to play without a natural striker up front.
“We have enough opportunities to score. We had Fortune Makaringe in the first half completely alone, but the header was not good enough [during the Galaxy game]. Maybe he should have chest trapped the ball and scored.
“Bongani Sam as a full-back scored for us and I’m happy about that, he had a top game. Azola Tshobeni came in as well but he was not fresh enough for this game. He is also a player that can score, but he is not a striker.
“Like I said, it is what it is. We cannot say we don’t have enough players that can score. We had the opportunities, but at the moment we need the power and the body language to score,” added Zinnabauer.
Next up, Pirates play rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon at Orlando Stadium. “We have to work more but we don’t have enough training sessions.
“We couldn’t work with shooting or crossing in the last two weeks. But we see it and I know that when we get the goals and we get a good run [win games] and maybe the strikes come back we will have more opportunities (to score),” concluded the Pirates mentor.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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