Orlando Pirates are a side reborn under German tactician Josef Zinnbauer and have gone on a winning streak that has the rest of the league watching carefully. While fans are ecstatic about this turn of events, they aren’t getting ahead of themselves just yet.
How the Buccaneers have managed to reduce the gap from 17 to just six points speaks volumes of the German’s impact since taking over from caretaker coach Rhulani Mokwena in December last year.
Under him, Bucs have looked reenergized and more fluid. Players like Thembinkosi Lorch have seemingly rediscovered their best form, something SL Supporter @Soccerb4l has acknowledged, likening Zinnbauer to former Bucs coach Ruud Krol, who experienced success with the Soweto giants.
“I can bet with my last cent here, this coach is a perfect candidate to follow in the footsteps of Mr Krol, our role here as supporters is to give this gentleman a fair chance to experiment all his players, Bucs supporters must stop thinking about the league, lets accept that the league is gone either to Chiefs or Sundowns, but next season will be unstoppable.”
Meanwhile, @Talos08 feels that Pirates would have been one better than their current second place on the Absa Premiership had they started with the former St Gallen man at the helm.
“Had the coach started the season with Pirates, the log would have been different.”
@zebbieFan has commended Bucs on their hard fought victory over Black Leopards following a last-gasp freak own goal this weekend. The win sees Pirates move into second place, six points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, with the two teams set to clash next weekend.
“Fluke win by my team but I'm happy for the full maximum points, the gap has now been reduced to 6 points from 17 points hehehehe ku zoba lit! Up the Bucs #OnceAlways.”
What are your thoughts on Pirates’ revival under Zinnbauer?