German mentor Josef Zinnbauer is BACK in South Africa to continue his job as head coach of Orlando Pirates.
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This despite growing calls for the Pirates management to sack him towards the end of last season where a section of fans felt the club underperformed under his watch.
According to Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele, Zinnbauer returned to the country last week.
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Zinnbauer left the country for a week to spend some time with his family in Germany, but the arrival of Mandla Ncikazi fueled speculation that the 50-year-old could be on his way out.
Nonetheless, Mbele confirmed that Zinnbauer will continue where he left off, adding that the coach will be leading the pre-season training… FOR NOW.
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“Coach JZ is also back. He came back last week, and will lead pre-season training,” Mbele said on SAFM.
Interestingly, Mbele did reveal that things could change, referring to Zinnbauer’s situation as ‘delicate’.
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“Right now, that’s how the situation is but it could change at any moment; it’s a delicate situation.
“Zinnbauer is still employed by the club, and for now, he will lead the team. The situation is fluid, that’s what I can say,” said Mbele.
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Under Zinnbauer’s watch last term, Pirates won the MTN8, finished third on the PSL log but exited the CAF Confederation Cup at the quarter-final stages.
However, Mbele feels Pirates played too many draws in the league (11), despite winning 13 matches and losing just six times.
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“Last season was an interesting one. We had a lot of challenges that are not well-documented.
“Traveling on the continent was tough. We had 11 draws which is a lot, but we still managed to win a trophy, reach the last eight of the CAF Confed, and finish third,” added Mbele.
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