Josef Zinnbauer arrived in South Africa in December 2019 as an unknown coach to join Orlando Pirates amid much doubts over his abilities and curriculum vitae.
But, since taking over the coaching reigns at the Soweto giants, Zinnbauer has ended the club’s six-year trophy drought by winning the MTN8 this campaign and holds the record for the best Pirates coach after 50 matches in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era.
The German coach has a 60%-win record with 30 victories under his belt, six defeats, and 14 draws in 50 outings in charge of Pirates.
“I am happy about it [the new record] but it’s not my work alone. Fadlu Davids, Darian Wilken as an analyst, fitness coaches… this is the results of all these guys. The medical guys, the management, and they deserve the statistics also, not me alone,” said Zinnbauer.
“I also have to thank the team. They fight for the points. They run for the points. They come back when we have a bad game and give us the win. This is the kind of teamwork we need to get results. As a coach, I know it is not easy, especially at big clubs like Pirates or any big club. It is not always easy to work.”
With the ‘Buccaneers’ playing like a team filled with confidence and currently on a 10-match unbeaten run, the noise about Zinnbauer’s future has died down. The German is pleased that the club’s supporters are finally in his corner as his troops prepare to take on rivals Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday’s DStv Premiership derby at FNB Stadium.
“I won’t forget the first time I came here… nobody trusted me but now we fight together, we fight for each other and we work for results. The supporters trust us now and they believe in us,” added Zinnbauer.
“I hope what we’ve achieved is not the last achievement. We want more points going forward,” concluded the former Hamburger SV coach.
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