Zinnbauer admits that Orlando Pirates weren’t good enough after losing TS Galaxy


The German tactician described their clash with Baroka as special after the Buccaneers lost points in Mpumalanga

Orlando Pirates’ head coach Josef Zinnbauer says his protégés were not performing well enough to claim a win against a “motivated” team from TS Galaxy on Sunday.

The Buccaneers saw their unbeaten run at PSL come to an end in three games when they suffered a 1-0 loss to the Rockets at Mbombela Stadium. Masilake Phohlongo scored an early goal for the hosts.

Zinnbauer found Pirates got off to a poor start to the game, which resulted in them being reduced to 10 players after Abel Mabaso’s dismissal, but the hosts also lost a man after Given Msimango received the red card.

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“Yes, we weren’t in the game for the first 15, 20 minutes. When Pirates comes, most opponents are motivated against us,” Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV.

“To win the duels, to win the game, and when you’re not in the game, you have no chance of winning, especially if you give up [early] and it is very difficult. And the red card comes, ok, the opponent also got a red card

“But we had a chance to equalize in the second half, we had it, but if you don’t score, it’s not possible to win a game or draw. It wasn’t enough today, the performance wasn’t enough . ” the three points. “

The key strikers Thembinkosi Lorch and Deon Hotto surprisingly stayed out of the starting XI and Zinnbauer indicated that the duo were not fit enough to start the game.

“The problem is that you have the players ready and if you feel or receive information that the player is tense or not fit for 90 minutes, it is better if you bring fresh players with you,” he continued .

“We have a good squad, we can change squads, but you always have more information before the game or after the game, but Hotto is always at the highest level, Lorch wasn’t possible from the start, it was clear. But we need it “Him, that was the reason for the replacement.

“But overall it wasn’t enough, ten or 20 minutes in the first half, it wasn’t enough to win the game. You weren’t in a structure, you weren’t forward, it was always a reaction and it wasn’t enough . ” for a win. “

After the defeat, the Pirates took fourth place in the league table – level on points with third-placed Lamontville Golden Arrows and four points behind second-placed AmaZulu FC, while the race for the first three games continues with two games to go.

“Yes, yes in the second half, but it’s not easy to score during the game, but you get a chance to equalize [if] You can’t score, you can’t win a game, “he added.

“We need the three points, I know that the players know what happened, they know what happens after these 90 minutes” [regarding the Caf spots on the log].

“We have to concentrate, analyze this game quickly and then we need the heads-up, we are playing against Baroka, it is also a special game, we need the points if you want one of those places in the table, we need three for that Points” .”

Pirates will host Baroka FC on Wednesday before concluding their league season with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in Polokwane on June 5th.


Janet Smith