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Josef Zinnbauer sheds light on Orlando Pirates centre-back rotation policy

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Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has explained that he picks his centre-back combination based on the opponents they are facing.

Bucs captain Happy Jele did not make the starting lineup for the MTN8 clash with Cape Town City, and was also left out for the DStv Premiership opener against AmaZulu, with Zinnbauer starting Thulani Hlatshwayo and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

However, Jele was back in the heart of the defence alongside Hlatshwayo against Stellenbosch on Wednesday, while Nyauza was shifted to right-back.

Zinnbauer says the defensive rotations were made in order to account for the specific opponents Pirates came up against.

"We have more centre-back possibilities. This was the first game [Hlatshwayo and Jele played together]," Zinnbauer told the media.

"I saw it in the first half [against Stellenbosch] all players were not in the game. The second half all players were in the game.

"When we play football, for all players it is possible [to play], we have a big squad and we have more centre-backs and it is always up to the opponent and the performance a player gives us in a game or in a training session.

"I say it again that it is also important for me which opponent we are playing."

- TEAMtalk media

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