Zinnbauer adds own touch in rebuilding Bucs

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer. Picture: Getty Images
Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer. Picture: Getty Images

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In his first preseason with the club, Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has made some changes to the team following the release of a number of players.

As he promised earlier in the season, the 50-year-old is building the team in accordance with his vision. Some big-name players got the chop as Bucs let go of eight players this week.

The club announced that it had terminated the contracts of Alfred Ndengane, Diamond Thopola, Xola Mlambo, Meshack Maphangule, Brian Hlongwa, Thembela Sikhakhane, Augustine Mulenga and Tercious Malepe.

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Zinnbauer joined the Buccaneers last December, when he took over from interim coach Rhulani Mokwena.

The German arrived to find a team that had been built by Mokwena and former coach Milutin Sredojevic.

I know everybody says this is a dream come true, but before I started playing professionally my father and I supported Orlando Pirates.
Midfielder Wayde Jooste

Meanwhile, Pirates also announced the signing of midfielder Wayde Jooste. The Port Elizabeth-born player was at the now-defunct Highlands Park.

“I am happy to have joined Orlando Pirates. This is an opportunity I look to grabbing with both hands,” Jooste told the club’s official website.

“I know everybody says this is a dream come true, but before I started playing professionally my father and I supported Orlando Pirates. Whenever we played against Pirates it felt special because I felt I was getting closer to my childhood dream”.


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