Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has been a breath of fresh air to the Soweto giants this season, managing to turn around what appeared to be a disaster. Now one PSL coach says that the resumption of football will show the German’s true colours.
Seven wins in 10 matches in charge, that has been the 49-year-old’s impact since taking over the reins from caretaker coach Rulani Mokwena in December 2019.
Cavin Johnson, who has all the experience in the world when it comes to the PSL, having coached the likes of Platinum Stars, SuperSport United and Amazulu, has been paying close attention to the Germans performance at Bucs.
The 61-year-old coach reckons that the return of football will prove telling for the former FC Zurich coach, having had time to implement his ideas in the team.
“I think it was always going to happen if a new coach came in. Under Rulani the team was playing good football, I guess it’s a case of a new broom sweeps clean. He’s had a break now and it will be interesting to see. The players are probably used to his habits by now.
“A lot of times you find when you bring in a new face, players tend to lift their games, but the tactics don’t change. These players were fit both mentally and physically under Rulani, but Zinnbauer’s appointment brought a change in mentality and it proved to be a turning point,” Johnson said.