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7 Crucial Matches For Pirates To Challenge Chiefs & Downs

With the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season expected to resume, Orlando Pirates will aim to continue where they left off with their form to push Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in the title race. 

Despite dropping points in their last two matches, after losing to Chiefs and playing a draw against Golden Arrows before the break, the Buccaneers showed a lot of improvement under Josef Zinnbauer since his arrival in December.

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The German mentor led the Soweto giants to 7 wins, 2 draws and only 1 loss in 10 matches he has been in charge.

Bucs had been scheduled to visit Sundowns at Loftus Versveld Stadium in their next match, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to recess.

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With the authorities expected to provide another update about the return of football and confirm the dates of matches, Zinnbauer will hope to lead the team to finish in the best possible position as per the expectations of club chairman Irvin Khoza and the supporters. 

In welcoming Zinnbauer in December, after he took over from Rulani Mokwena who had been in charge as caretaker coach, Khoza told the club’s official website, and in part, “A coach is tasked to win through others. His ability to keep the team focused, making them work in concert, with minimal lapses is an important requirement.”

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Having played 23 matches and currently with 40 points in 4th place on the standings, Pirates’ remaining fixtures will be against Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Baroka, Cape Town City, SuperSport United, Maritzburg United and Stellenbosch FC.   

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