Pirates coach Zinnbauer resigns days before PSL starts

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Orlando Pirates forward Gabadinho Mhango and former coach Josef Zinnbauer during a press conference earlier this year. Photo: Collen Mashaba
Orlando Pirates forward Gabadinho Mhango and former coach Josef Zinnbauer during a press conference earlier this year. Photo: Collen Mashaba


Supporters of Orlando Pirates have had their prayers answered.

On Monday, the club announced it had parted ways with coach Josef Zinnbauer after he tendered his resignation.

Earlier in the day, #JZOut was trending on social media following Pirates’ 2-1 loss to Swallows in the MTN8 tournament at the weekend.

The German bites the dust one game into the new season after the defending champions were dumped out of the tournament in the quarterfinal at Orlando Stadium by their Soweto rivals.

The defending champions’ embarrassing exit raised the alarm among the Pirates faithful, and Zinnbauer found himself skating on thin ice due to some of the players’ lacklustre performances in their past few games.

The 51-year-old joined the club in December 2019, replacing Milutin Sredojevic.

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“I would like to thank the chairperson and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the club has come to an end. I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters,” Zinnbauer said.

“I have spent the past two years away from my family and for this reason I have decided to hand in my resignation. I would like to wish the club and its supporters all the best for the future.”

It remains to be seen who will take over the mentor’s reins, with Mandla Ncikazi and assistant coach Fadlu Davids seemingly in the running. When Ncikazi joined the club in the off-season, Pirates interestingly didn’t announce his official designation.

At the time, the club only said: “Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandla Ncikazi. The 52-year-old joins the Bucs’ technical team department on a three-year deal.”

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The Buccaneers will start their DStv Premiership campaign against Stellenbosch FC at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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