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Zinnbauer Reacts To Bucs' MTN8 First Round Exit

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has leaped to the defence of one Buccaneers star following his side's MTN8 elimination on Saturday evening.

Ruzaigh Gamildien's first-half was enough to help Swallows advance to the semi-finals of the MTN8 after defeating the Buccaneers 2-1 at Orlando Stadium.

Read: Bucs' MTN8 Title Defence Ended By Soweto Rivals!

The German tactician lamented some of the mistakes from his players, but defender Bongani Sam who was playing at left-back for the 'first time'

"The build-up was not enough," Zinnbauer told SuperSport after the game.

"The high press from Swallows was good and we didn't find a solution. This was the biggest problem at the beginning. The mistakes as well. This is a problem. Individual mistakes are not easy for the whole team.

"We got better in the game. Second half was much better. We had opportunities to score in the first half as well. You need a little bit of luck.

"Yeah, a lot of opportunities in the second half. But this is always the problem. The playing style we wanted was there in the final third. But you need the shot at goal. We needed more confidence to go for goal more.

"We will work on it. It was a bad start in terms of result. Performance got better. You could also see [Bongani] Sam was the first time in his position. It wasn't only Sam. The build-up in the midfield was not good enough in the opening half.

"We changed players to help with the build-up. In the midfield you need more movement. We want the lead, we want to dominate. I don't know how many chances we had to score. If you don't score, you cannot win a game.

"We have a week now. We will get other players back. We have other players as well. Going forward, it's a bad result. Next week is another week and it's coming."

Check out the action from Pirates' loss to Swallows in the MTN8: 

Arrows Hand Seema Winning Start In MTN8


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