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JZ: I've Been Asking For Another Assistant

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has broken his silence on the new additions to his technical team in Mandla Ncikazi and Sjoerd Woudenberg.

Ncikazi, who worked as head coach at Lamontville Golden Arrows was roped in as an assistant coach in June, while long-term target Woudenberg, who has worked at Cape Town City has filled the vacant goalkeeper coach position.

Speaking to the media ahead of the highly-anticipated Carling Black Label Cup, Zinnbauer broke his silence on the Buccaneers' new recruits. 

“In coach Mandla, we have a good coach who has experience as an assistant coach and as a head coach, he knows both sides. What we expected since last season was a goalkeeper coach. We haven’t had a goalkeeper coach in a long time, last season we lost an analyst and an individual coach during the season,” he told journalists.

The German added that he had requested a second assistant to join Fadlu Davids when he initially joined the club – but he is glad to finally have his wish granted.

“My first question at the club was, please give me another assistant coach, this was in my first few months and now we have one and we have more staff members and more eyes on the field. We can manage training easier and the games as well. We can manage the players who are left behind easier when we travel to Africa.

“We have quality staff behind me and that’s very important in football,” he concluded.

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