JZ explains new signing's absence

Premiership

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has given insight into the absence of one of the club's new signings who has yet to make his mark.

Pirates roped in DR Congo international striker Jean-Marc Makusu at the start of the season on a short-term loan deal from AS Vita, but he has yet to make his full debut for the club.

The Buccaneers have been struggling without an out-and-out striker since the loss of Zakhele Lepasa, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Gabadinho Mhango through injury, yet Zinnbauer has still not turned to Makusu in his starting line-up.

The German, when asked of his bit-part role despite the lack of options up front, defended that the 28-year-old is not yet at the required condition and level to fit into the team's system.

"No, we have him in the last game a good performance with Lorch and I think you saw it, we have also possibilities for scoring," explained Zinnbauer to the media.

"And Jean-Marc is a not a long time here, he's working on conditioning, on the system and you see today it's not easy for him to come in.

"But he gets more time, yes, but we have to improve him and for us it's important that we give him minutes and today was the first step.

"I don't know what's the next game, we have to see what's happening with the other players, maybe one of the strikers from the opposition comes back and we can play with two strikers - this happened in the past also.

"But now it's for us to find the right system and we have opportunities but we can't score. Maybe in the next games, I hope [there are goals]. 

"I'm happy for all players to score, especially a striker, which is what he wants, and as a coach I want my strikers on the field and they have to score. Jean-Marc had a different performance and maybe gets more minutes in the next game."

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