'Thankful' Josef Zinnbauer gives update on son's condition

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Josef Zinnbauer (Gallo Images)
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Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer on Sunday gave an update on his son, Fabio's condition after being involved in a horror car crash in Germany while also thanking everyone for their continued support.

The German tactician hastily returned to his homeland after his 24-year-old son was involved in a car accident that has left his in a coma fighting for his life.

Zinnbauer made a surprise return for the second leg of the MTN8 semi-final overseeing a 2-0 (5-0 aggregate) win despite the personal tragedy.

The 50-year-old thanked those who had shared their support while giving an update on his son's health.

"First I have to say a big, big thank you to the guys who showed support to my family," Zinnbauer said post-match.

"Many supporters and all the staff, club and squad give me and my family real energy with their words received through messages, SMS's, WhatsApp messages and emails.

"It's unbelievable, it's fantastic for me and my family and I share the words with my family and we get a lot of energy, thank you for this. Thank you also to the chairman for letting me go.

Zinnbauer then shed light on his son's current health while explaining his sudden return to South Africa.

"The reason is that my son is still fighting for his life but at the moment he is in a coma, and I can't do anything for him at the moment.

"But we have to see what's happening in the next days, we pray for him and we give him the energy that we get from everyone else, from the whole South Africa maybe, that's my feeling."

Pirates have a break in their schedule due to the international break and next face SuperSport United on Saturday, 21 November.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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