Zinnbauer reveals transfer challenges


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has commented on the prospect of bringing in new players during the current January transfer window.

Zinnbauer arrived just over four weeks ago to take over from interim coach Rhulani Mokwena, and has thus far managed to stabilise his side while steering them up the table with two wins and a draw in his opening three fixtures.

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Pirates, however, has conceded a whopping 23 goals from their opening 16 league games this season, with many of the club's supporters expecting a new defender to be brought in to try and cog up the backline.

With just two-and-a-half weeks remaining of the mid-season registration period, the German tactician has admitted his desire is to get in some fresh blood but is adamant that now is not the time to be looking at the market.

“Yes, all coaches, we need players. We need new players but we have a good squad, and we have [many games in] 17 days now – and this week we have two games,” said the 49-year-old.

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“For me, now it’s about the games and not new players. We have seven points, with eight goals [scored] and two goals [conceded], and we’ve had some good performances so far.

“It’s not important now that I shop for other players, it’s not the moment to be shopping. We have 32 players in the squad now, and we’re working.

“It’s not so easy for me, but I show all players 100 percent belief and they need a little more time. Guys like Mhango, their heads are in now and they’re performing, while others need a little more time.

“We don’t have time now if we have to look for my team and shop for other players, but new players are not important for me now. We have a good squad, and that’s it.”

The Buccaneers are believed to have been discussing a potential a swap deal with Chippa United that would involve striker Zakhele Lepasa going to Port Elizabeth in exchange for defender Feredric Nsabiyumva.

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