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JZ Hands Lifeline To Pirates’ Forgotten Man

Orlando Pirates head coach took a philosophical approach when responding to questions surrounding peripheral on-loan striker Jean-Marc Makusu.

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With Pirates’ striker injury crisis a continuous headache for the German, it has forced him to the turn to the DRC striker, who has been short of game-time since joining the club in November 2020.

As he has been all season, the 28-year-old was used as a sub in Pirates’ CAF Confederation Cup win over Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy on Sunday, although to good effect as he managed to find the back of the net – his first for the club, in what turned out to be a convincing 3-0 win for the Buccaneers.

Now, ahead of the second leg which takes place at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday, Zinnbauer has commented on Makusu’s impact and his chances of featuring more regularly in the Pirates squad this season. 

“Ja, Mundiele scored, it’s always good for a striker, he gets more self-confidence, he gets better conditioning and gets used to the game model that we need, and we have felt this before,” Zinnbauer told the media. 

“We felt it in the training sessions also and he gave us the signal in the game. He had a good game. I’ll say it again, when a striker scores it’s always good for him and he gave a good performance especially in this game,” he said. 

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Asked if Mundiele would crack the nod for a starting berth this weekend, Zinnbauer refused to give a definite answer, instead revealing that he would assess the squad before making a decision on his starting XI.

“What’s important for us is that we have a game on Sunday, and we have to see what is happening with the squad. How many players need a break and how many players are fit for this game. It’s not so easy, a tough game, a special game we have three goals but in football anything is possible, so we have to be careful,” he added.

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