Register Login Scores

Orlando Pirates

JZ: Chiefs Great Threat Is…

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer is wary of a resurgent Kaizer Chiefs side that are out for revenge in their DStv Premiership match.

Read: What JZ Told Pirates’ Goal Scorer Behind The Scenes

Amakhosi will be looking to avenge their 5-0 aggregate drubbing at the hands of their eternal foes in the MTN8 - a competition that Pirates eventually went on to win, which saw them end their six-year trophy drought.

Now, in anticipation of the third Soweto Derby of the season, Zinnbauer is wary that the Glamour Boys could be out for revenge, more especially because they are buoyed by the return of their talismanic forward Samir Nurkovic, who was unavailable the last time these two sides met.

“The players know what is happening at the moment with Kaizer Chiefs who have come forward,” Zinnbauer told the media in a press conference.

“Yes, maybe they didn’t have a good start to the season but now they are coming closer to us and getting more points on the table and we know they have a big squad and a good squad.

“(Samir) Nurkovic is back and he is a player that gives them an advantage and also the squad that they have at the moment means that we won’t get three points easily. This is a fight, this is a big game they have a coach who has a lot of experience in this league and has won titles.

Read: Kerr: They Ask When Will I Join Chiefs Or Pirates

Zinnbauer is cognisant of the fact that this will be a different match from the previous encounters between the two sides and has hailed Saturday’s opponents as favourites for the match.

“Yes, we won the last two games in the MTN8 but it’s a different view now, it’s a league game and we fighting for three points. We know they are the favourites. They finished second place last year and went to the Champions League. We know the power that the players and the coaches have if we don’t concentrate on this game,” Zinnbauer said.

Read: Bucs Coach Sends Message To Pirates’ Forgotten Man

The two Soweto rivals will lock horns in their first DStv Premiership encounter of the season at Orlando Stadium on Saturday at 15:30.

Click through the gallery to see Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s dream team.

Win Over Swallows Could Help SSU Catch Wobbling Sundowns

Ex-Pirates Coach Off To Europe?

38 comments

Top 5

Downs Up The Ante In Nodada Pursuit?

91 Jul 04, 2022 09:01 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Chelsea's Potential Starting XI With CR7 & More Signings

6 Jul 06, 2022 12:22 PM in English Premier League

Teen Sensation Training With Chiefs?

25 Jul 04, 2022 01:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Report: 5 Players Xavi Wants To Sign

Jul 05, 2022 09:29 AM in LaLiga

WATCH: Inside Sundowns' Pre-Season Medicals

19 Jul 04, 2022 11:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Is Nurkovic Taking This Luxury Car From Chiefs To Royal AM?

3 Jul 05, 2022 12:31 PM in Stars & Their Cars

A Buccaneer At The Races: An Orlando Pirates Durban July Dress

1 Jul 05, 2022 04:32 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Official: Chiefs Confirm Another First-Team Departure

49 Jul 02, 2022 07:44 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Ronaldo Linked With Three Clubs After 'Exit Request'

6 Jul 04, 2022 08:27 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Downs To Announce Good News On Zwane!

31 Jul 04, 2022 10:55 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Decision To Be Made On Mmodi?

7 Jul 04, 2022 10:01 AM in Siyagobhoza