Zinnbauer refuses to hit panic buttons


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer won’t be jumping to any conclusions following his side’s Nedbank Cup defeat to Bidvest Wits over the weekend.

Pirates succumbed to their first defeat under Zinnbauer, albeit from a penalty shootout, as they were eliminated from the first round of the cup competition on Sunday.

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The Buccaneers showed some resilience when they fought back from 2-0 down to force the tie into extra-time but just when they had it in the bag at 3-2 up with seconds remaining on the clock, their defence were caught napping as they conceded a very late equaliser.

This was the first time the German saw his side concede more than one goal under his watch but, with the club having missed out on the signing of a defender in the recent transfer window, he refused to accept any defensive frailties worth concern.

“It was one penalty and then there was a counter-attack after our corner, which is possible [to happen sometimes], and it’s a cup game,” said Zinnbauer.

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“It’s cup game so it’s usually open, but because it’s a cup game we don’t have a chance in the next game to make it better, we are out now.

“These things happen; we have an opponent and they can do these things. Before [the game], we analysed Wits and knew this, but we didn’t defend well this time.

“But they got the goals because they have the quality for this.”

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