Official: Zinnbauer leaves Pirates


Josef Zinnbauer on Monday resigned as Orlando Pirates head coach with immediate effect, just one game into the 2021/22 season.

The German's shock decision comes in the wake of the Buccaneers 2-1 defeat in a Soweto derby to Swallows FC in the MTN8 quarter-final over the weekend.

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The 51-year-old departs having lifted the 2020 edition of the MTN8 while guiding Pirates to third place last season, securing a place in the CAF Confederation Cup.

"I would like to thank the Chairman and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the club has come to an end," Zinnbauer said, in a club statement.

"I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters. I have spent the last two years away from my family and for this reason, I have decided to hand in my resignation.

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"I would like to wish the club and its supporters all the best for the future."

Since his arrival in December 2019, the German mentor oversaw 68 competitive matches with 35 wins, 20 draws and 13 defeats.

Scroll through the gallery above to see how Zinnbauer compares to Micho, Papic, De Sa, Tinkler, Igesund and Krol

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