Why Pirates coach Zinnbauer is a relieved man

Johannesburg – Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer was a relieved man after his charges emerged with a share of the spoils in their opening league match of the season against AmaZulu in Durban on Saturday.

The German felt that his charges lost control of the game after racing to an early lead in the 18th minute.

“The first half was okay but after we scored the penalty we were too casual and lost the lead‚ but in the second half we showed what we can normally do in the game‚” said Bucs coach.

“But it was not enough to win this game because we started too late to [try to] win the game. That’s the reason we drew the match but this is the point we got and we have to accept it and move on.

“A point is a point and it’s important for us. We worked hard for this point and it was not easy. AmaZulu are a good team with high pressure and they were fighting for three points.”

The Bucs were gifted the lead via dubious penalty decision that was duly converted by last season’s joint league top scorer Gabadinho Mhango.

Zinnbauer has admitted though that his charges are yet to gel as a team, with a couple of new players still trying to adjust the way he wants the side to function.

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