Josef Zinnbauer expecting a 'tough game' against Maritzburg

Josef Zinnbauer (Press Association)
Josef Zinnbauer (Press Association)

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer says he is expecting a stern test from Ernst Middendorp's Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.

The Team of Choice find themselves at the wrong end of the Premiership standings ahead of Saturday's encounter but can take heart from a number of positive results since the turn of the year.

The year started with a bang for Maritzburg as they followed up on a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic with a 2-0 triumph over Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.

They went on to record a goalless draw against AmaZulu before slumping to a 3-0 home defeat against TS Galaxy in midweek.

And, despite their lowly position in the table, Zinnbauer is wary of the threat posed by Maritzburg.

"First, we had a good recovery and now the focus is only this game and we know we have the opponent with a new coach," Zinnbauer told the Pirates media team.

"The new coach has a lot of experience in this league and he is very flexible in the systems. And with now, new players, he can motivate them.

"He may have lost the last game but remember they had a Kaizer Chiefs, and beat them.

"It's a tough game for us, it is away but it is possible we can fight for three points.

"That is the reason we will play for."

- TEAMtalk media

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