Josef Zinnbauer has revealed his message to the players about the Orlando Pirates supporters ahead of their match against AmaZulu.
Amid talk of a planned march by Pirates supporters to Orlando on June 5 to call for the removal of Zinnbauer from his position as the team’s head coach, the German mentor guided the Soweto giants to a crucial 1-0 win over AmaZulu on Thursday, following the disappointing 4-0 loss on Sunday in Morocco in the CAF Confederation Cup against Raja Casablanca.
The win against Usuthu has increased Bucs’ chances in their chase of a second-place finish in the 2020/21 DStv Premiership league campaign.
Zinnbauer says that in his pre-match talk to the players he emphasized the importance of winning the AmaZulu game for the supporters.
“I have to say, before I start with the explanation, that AmaZulu have a good team and and for us it was important that we come quick into the game. The structure in the defence and in the offence was very good. They worked for each other in the best way that they could and in the first half I think we were close to getting a goal. In the second half in the first 10 minutes, I think we had two good chances of scoring but the final pass or the final touch was not 100% correct,” said the coach, speaking through the club’s media media department.
“But what was important for us in this game was the result. I think we know that we are coming closer now to the good places that we want at the end of the season. Before the game, I said the performance was not so important today. We had three days after the big game (against Raja) and the conditioning was maybe out from some players after 60 or 70 minutes. That’s why I said to the players, ‘’Go out and fight. Fight for these three points, fight for the supporters, fight for the club and fight for yourselves.’ They did that very well and I think we deserved to win the game,” he said.
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