Zinnbauer’s touch on show as Bucs edge Cape Town City in MTN8

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Shane Roberts of Cape Town City challenged by Kabelo Dlamini of Orlando Pirates during the 2020 MTN8 QuarterFinal match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 17 October 2020. Picture: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix,
Shane Roberts of Cape Town City challenged by Kabelo Dlamini of Orlando Pirates during the 2020 MTN8 QuarterFinal match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 17 October 2020. Picture: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix,

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The new-look Orlando Pirates marched into the semifinals of the MTN8 following a 1-0 win over Cape Town City on Saturday evening.

The Buccaneers underwent a major make-over during the transfer window with a host of new players signed. German coach Josef Zinnbauer has constructed the team according to his vision.

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix

The team has little resemblance to the outfit that played under Milutin Sredojevic and Rhulani Mokwena.

Bucs’ biggest raid was on Bidvest Wits, with four top players arriving from the now defunct university club.

Three of those players – Thulani Hlatshwayo, Deon Hotto, Terrence Dzvukamanja – were in the starting line-up. Thabang Monare did not feature in the match-day squad after signing in midweek.

Read: How Bucs captain Happy Jele rates new defensive acquisition Hlatshwayo

Zimbabwean Dzvukamanja’s header in the 22nd minute secured the win. Hlatshwayo captained the team on his debut with regular skipper Happy Jele starting on the bench.

Sundowns will take on Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs face Maritzburg United on Sunday

The Citizens were weakened during the transfer window with their top scorer Kermit Erasmus joining Mamelodi Sundowns. Fagrie Lakay led City’s attack but his poor performance was capped by a red card for a horrendous tackle on Wayde Jooste.

Pirates joined SuperSport United in the semifinals, who earlier edged out newcomers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 3-2. Sundowns will take on Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs face Maritzburg United on Sunday.


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