Zinnbauer leaves Pirates after Derby

MTN8

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has made a shock exit following their MTN8 semi-final first leg victory over arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Zinnbauer led his charges to an emphatic 3-0 victory in the Soweto Derby to give his side the advantage in the two-legged cup affair at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The German, however, is headed straight to OR Tambo International Airport immediately after the result and will be leaving South Africa this evening to attend to a family emergency back home. 

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"Please understand, it's family that's very, very close to me, and me and the family, we speak about it not in the official [way], I'm sorry about this. I hope you understand it," said Zinnbauer very briefly in his post-match press conference.

Whether the 50-year-old tactician will be returning is as yet unconfirmed, with no further details available regarding his departure, while assistant coach Fadlu Davids is expected to take the interim reins.

Having joined Pirates back in December as a successor to former assistant and interim coach Rhulani Mokwena, the former Hamburger mentor leaves temporarily after 22 matches, with his overall record reading 12 wins, seven draws and three defeats.

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