Zinnbauer says his players are hungry for success


It’s been 6 years since the ‘Buccaneers’ felt the cool touch of silverware when they clinched the Nedbank Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban under coach Vladimir Vermezovic.

“We work with the squad, the squad is open for new inputs, they are hungry for success. We find a good balance and at the moment we get success,” said Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer ahead of their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against Bidvest Wits at Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

Pirates and the ‘Students’ last met in the Nedbank Cup back in 2014 in the final where the ‘Soweto giants’ won 3-1. That also happens to be the last time Pirates won a trophy.

“For me what’s important is not the past but we look at the future. We are not under pressure…we are not the favourites on this game, the favourites is Wits, not us.

“My players have a chance to win…we can do this,” added Zinnbauer, who is yet to lift a trophy as head coach of a senior professional team in his career.

Pirates are yet to taste defeat since the German coach took over from Rulani Mokwena in December last year. 

“It’s my system, I work with the players individually. We want fun. It is a lot of pressure when you play for Orlando Pirates…but we want fun,” said Zinnbauer.

“We now have little luck and we win the games… at the moment we have fun, is normal, you win the games and then you lose, then pressure. I can see now at which level is my team, that’s important for me.

“I think at the moment is lucky time, we have fun in the training session before we have training, we have fun in training, we have fun after the training and also we have fun after the game when we win,” insists the Pirates coach.

By FARPost Reporter 

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