Impressed with Zakhele Lepasa’s display against SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has praised the striker’s work rate behind the scenes.
The Soweto-born hitman grabbed a rare opportunity with both hands as he came off the bench to score the winning goal for the Buccaneers on Saturday at the Emirates Airline Park.
It was Lepasa’s second goal in four matches in all competitions as he stepped up to the plate to ensure that Pirates end their six-game winless run in the league.
“He gave us options in the last training sessions, he gave us signals that ‘I’m ready, I’m ready’, yes you need a bit of luck as a coach, you bring him in and with his first touch he scored,” Zinnbauer said.
“When [you are] not winning, you can lose a little bit of self-confidence and that’s normal. We are happy that we’ve finally won but we know that the win is behind us. I’m happy he [Lepasa] scored, he made good work.
“Long time he [Lepasa] waits and comes in and now he gets the success, I’m happy about this,” added Zinnbauer.
With the Absa Premiership top scorer Mhango losing his scoring form torwards the of the campaign, Zinnbauer says Lepasa was eager and hungry to prove his worth.
“In the last few days at training Lepasa was very hot and he definitely showed he wants to come in. He can help us. For two weeks it was [Tshegofatso] Mabasa,” he stated.
“This is what you need as a coach … you bring players in, they give you this performance [like Lepasa did]. I am very happy that Lepasa can come in and score for us,” concluded the German coach.
The Soweto giants will meet Maritzburg United in their penultimate game on Wednesday evening before ending their campaign with a clash against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday.
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