Josef Zinnbauer has reflected on what it means to win the MTN8 and end Orlando Pirates' six-year wait for a trophy.
After guiding his side to a third-placed Premiership finish last season, the German mentor went one better this term in their cup final clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at the Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend.
It was only the second win for the club in the past eight finals, leading some to believe that fate was not on Buccaneers' side when Celtic scored after just three minutes. But under Zinnbauer, a well-drilled team quickly rallied to take control of the tie and ultimately claim a deserved 2-1 victory.
Speaking to the club's official website, the coach expressed his happiness at the achievement.
He said: "It is a good feeling for me but I'm particularly happy for the boys who did the job and also for the supporters who have been behind this club through thick and thin. They deserve this title more than anybody.
"For me this is very special. I remember in the first two weeks in the club I was bombarded with the same questions about not winning any title and how I expected to end the club's barren spell without having won anything. Obviously, such comments do sting but I am someone who is motivated by such things and I'm obviously thankful at the end of it all that I've been able to lead the team to this MTN8 win. But again, this isn't about me, it's about the team and what we need to achieve as a collective."
Pirates next face Chippa United in the Premiership on Wednesday ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup First Round tie with Sagrada Esperanca.
Zinnbauer added: "We have an important match against Chippa United coming up as well as the CAF Confederations Cup match over the weekend. There is no time to relax."
- TEAMtalk media