Pirates coach after Stellenbosch draw: 'I think we need a wake-up call'

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Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer admits that he was perplexed by his side's first half display as Stellenbosch held the Buccaneers to a 1-1 draw at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

Ntsikelelo Nyauza had given the home side the lead but Nathan Sinkala equalised for the Cape side, with both goals coming in the first half.

"I'm not happy with the first half. But we demonstrated what's possible in the second half, what we can do," Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV during his post-match interview.

"This is something I don't understand. First half, not playing, no build-up, no defensive structure. And then in the second half, you see all that we can do.

"What we have to do in 90 minutes, you get the answer in the second half. It's not possible you can play 45 minutes with such a performance and get three points. These are the things we have to change.

"I say it again... first half, I don't understand this football we played and then in the second half... But it was not enough for three points.

"As a coach I don't understand.”

He continued: "It's five minutes after the game. We analyse the game; we find the key. But as a coach I don't understand why we don't play for the whole 90 minutes. We can say now it's substitutes. But the other players on the field have the same quality.

"I think we need a wake-up call. It's not possible to go into a game so casually. This is my meaning. You see what we can do. You see it. And this is the things I don't understand. But we come back..."

The Buccaneers are back in action on Saturday in an MTN8 semi final first leg encounter against rivals Orlando Pirates.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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