German coach Josef Zinnbauer doesn’t want to put himself under pressure in his second season with Orlando Pirates, but will no doubt be hoping to help the club reclaim the glory days.
Already in charge of a well-balanced squad with fantastic talent, Zinnbauer admitted that they are “not there yet” as he is still searching for the right ‘system’ to set up Pirates for silverware following the 1-1 draw in the DStv Premiership opener against AmaZulu at the weekend.
“You see the results from the other teams, the first game is always not easy, and nobody knows exactly is the feeling in the team, we have new players, and we have to integrate them,” said Zinnbauer.
“They made high pressure; they fight. A point is a point. It’s important for us to have success. We have not had the full success but it’s a part of success.”
Even though Zinnbauer has had his wishes of beefing up the squad for the 2020/21 season met by club chairman Irvin Khoza with the likes of Thulani Hlatshwayo, Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Richard Ofori joining the team, the German mentor didn’t want to promise much as he preferred to take it slow.
“There is a lot of work to be done with the team. We will take things slowly; we are not there yet. We need players on the bench that bring in freshness and I’m happy we have this,” he said.
“We have the next game on Wednesday, we must focus on that. We always expect to get three points, a home game now, but we know Stellenbosch are a good team,” added Zinnbauer, who has everything he needs to get The Ghost rejoicing.
In their next DStv Premiership encounter, the Soweto giants will take on Stellenbosch at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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