Zinnbauer still optimistic of top 2 finish for Pirates


Orlando Pirates commander-in-chief Josef Zinnbauer admits that his troops must do better if they are to rescue their season and qualify for the Caf Champions League by securing a top two finish in the DStv Prmiership.

The ‘Bucanners’ title challenge is stuttering at the moment and Zinnabuer is perfectly aware that the league title is a bit out of reach for his men with runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns eight points ahead and with two games in hands.

However, Zinnbauer says Pirates will not raise the white flag in their pursuit of qualifying for the Champions League next season, but he emphasised that his men will have to do expectionally well in the last seven games as all the teams are chasing points.

In their last league game at the weekend, Pirates battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw against Swallows in the original Soweto Derby at Dobsonville Stadium.

“We look at game-to-game, always. It was a good game for us. I think we deserved the three points. But we won’t speak about it, the title or the Champions League spot,” said the German coach with Pirates fourth on the log standings [10 wins, nine draws and four defeats].

Pirates are yet to taste defeat in the Caf Confederation Cup after eight matches with five wins, three in the preliminary qualifiers and two in the group stage, and have drawn two, both in the group stage. They will head to west Africa to face Enyimba in their last encounter on Wednesday.

“It is a long way. But we will fight for it. We still need points for these targets. Next we have an important game against Enyimba,” added Zinnbauer.

The Soweto giants are at the summit of their group and a win or a draw will see them qualifying for quarterfinals.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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