Zinnbauer: Personally, this is for my son


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has dedicated the MTN8 title to his son Fabio, who continues to fight for his life back in Germany.

Fabio Zinnbauer battle in a coma has been well documented since the Pirates coach left South Africa abruptly after the MTN8 semi-final first leg against Kaizer Chiefs back in October to attend to his son, who was involved in a horrific car accident.

The former Hamburg coach later returned to lead The Buccaneers into the MTN8 final with a second-leg victory over their Soweto rivals, and has now completed the job by delivering the club's first trophy in six years.

Scroll through the gallery above to view Zinnbauer & Pirates' MTN8 celebrations

After beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, Zinnbauer expressed his delight at the achievement but also spared a thought for his 24-year-old boy, who remains in a stable condition in a coma, contrary to some previous reports that he had lost his battle. 

"I have to say, for me personally, this is a title for my son Fabio. It is a difficult time for my whole family and I came back to Africa, so personally this for me is for my son. I hope we get him back," said Zinnbauer.

"You know the private things are private, I hope you understand this, but I can say that Fabio is [still] in a coma, he's better than before in [the fight for his] life.

"This is important for us, the next weeks and months, we have to wait and see what happens.

"At the end of the day, I think we deserved to win and we earned this title. I'm happy for the supporters, the club, the squad, and thank you for the team, who made a very good job."

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