It seems that Orlando Pirates have mastered the art of remaining focused on the job at hand despite the stress that comes with being in the title race.
Though involved in continental competition, the ‘Buccaneers’ are still in the DStv Premiership chasing pack, but they trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by seven points and Manqoba Mngqithi’s team still have two games in hand.
Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer didn’t want to entertain talk of title aspirations when he interacted with the Media on Wednesday night after his side played out to a 1-1 draw against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The Soweto giants have drawn the second-highest number of games this season (eight) with seven wins and three defeats – fourth on the log but Zinnbauer doesn’t necessarily believe the title is getting further away with the draws.
“A draw is not always good but don’t forget that we played against a top team in the league but draws are not always the best results. A draw away from home against SuperSport is good for us even though the target was three points,” said Zinnbauer.
“But the season is open and yes, we need points, but we don’t speak about the title, is you the journalists, it is always the title.
“The players are doing the best they can, it is not easy… we are in the right direction and we have to work with what we have.
“I understand the league now, I know the players now, understand the stricture and know the Pirates culture more and we go forward,” concluded the German coach, who joined the club back in December 2019.
Pirates will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to Maritzburg United for the Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash at Harry Gwala Stadium. (18:00).
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