Hlatshwayo praises Zinnbauer's efforts to learn isiZulu

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Josef Zinnbauer (Gallo Images)
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New Orlando Pirates signing Thulani Hlatshwayo enjoys coach Josef Zinnbauer's attitude and is impressed that he's trying to learn isiZulu.

The former Bidvest Wits centre-back has played under Gavin Hunt this past season, before his move to Kaizer Chiefs, and says there's a clear distinction between the way the two coaches approach player management.

“He’s a coach I’ve known from a distance playing against Orlando Pirates. And now I’m inside there and we’ve met‚ we’ve done the one-v-one’s – he’s a good coach‚ he’s chilled‚” Hlatshwayo said, as quoted by Times Live.

“From a distance you’d say he was a tough coach like Gavin [Hunt‚ the ex-Wits‚ now Kaizer Chiefs coach]. But he’s not – he’s quite... he talks. He wants to hear how you’re feeling and everything.

“I’m about to finish my first week now at training with Pirates and what I’ve seen is that he wants to play‚ he wants to attack‚ he wants to go forward.

“The quality that he has going forward‚ you know. And that’s what he wants. He wants goals and to go forward all the time.”

Asked if he sees Zinnbauer as the type of coach who treats players as adults, the defender added: “Yeah‚ for sure. He did mention that he wants everyone to be relaxed and confident. But at the same time, he’s a coach who wants discipline at all times.

“And he jokes with the players. And I like the fact that he’s even trying to learn Zulu‚ just to make sure that everyone feels comfortable.

“And for sure‚ with this past season ending he did mention that now it’s going to be his first starting with a preseason and everything‚ and he wants to learn from everyone and be able and implement what he wants‚ as he joined the team late [in 2019/20].”

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