Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has described his side’s first half performance in their one-all draw with Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday evening, as a match he would much rather forget.
The Buccaneers struggled to get into a rhythm early on and found themselves on the back foot throughout the first half, with the pace of young Ashley Du Preez and Lelethu Skelem causing problems for the center back pairing of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Happy Jele.
Speaking to the media after the match, Zinnbauer expressed his dissatisfaction with his side’s lethargic showing in the first stanza at the Orlando Stadium.
“I’m not happy with the first half, this was a game that I want to quickly forget. The second half was the performance that we need and what we have to see. It was a good demonstration and you can see what happened when we play football that we want.
“A point is more than nothing yes, but it is not enough for me,” Zinnbauer told the media.
With the first of two Soweto derbies looming this weekend, the 49-year-old has admitted that they are still looking to integrate the new players into Pirates’ system.
“Sure, we have to find roles for new players in the squad. We have the quality but more important is the conditioning. For me It is important that we improve this. A lot of players came to us with injuries and we are working on their conditioning,” Zinnbauer added.
Pirates will be hoping to dust off their sluggish performances against AmaZulu and Stellenbosch respectively, as they prepare for battle against Gavin Hunt’s Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 semifinal this weekend.
Scroll through the gallery for some shots of the 1-1 draw against Stellies: