JZ details encounter with Middendorp


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has revealed what his recent encounter with Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was like, while praising his countryman’s current work.

Zinnbauer and Middendorp were spotted alongside one another last Thursday at Bidvest Stadium, where both coaches were looking to watch Bidvest Wits face Black Leopards.

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However, the match was eventually postponed due to inclement weather, but the two rival tacticians instead got acquainted with one another ahead of the big fixture later this month.

“We spoke about the bad weather on this day, we spent a lot of time there to watch the game but for me it was not so good that I didn’t get to see Wits or Leopards before [they play Pirates], and then had the video session at home or at the office,” said Zinnbauer.

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“But we didn’t actually have a lot of time to speak, there was a lot of supporters around and my [technical] staff was with as well, so I spoke more with them.

“I know we have a game [Soweto Derby] in two weeks, so we just said, ‘Hello… How are you?’ But we didn’t speak about football.”

The former Hamburg mentor also revealed that he had earlier had a private meeting with Middendorp, during which he admitted not much German was spoken between them.

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“No, Ernst is always speaking English. I spoke every time in German, and then he gives me so little words in German back,” added the 49-year-old.

“But I have his number, we had a meeting before and this was very nice. He’s a very good guy, who has a lot of experience in Africa.

“He’s had success too, and for me he’s doing a great job at the moment. He has all clubs hungry about playing against Kaizer Chiefs because they want to beat them.

“And it’s not so easy when games are a battle, all teams want to win against us – I mean Kaizer Chiefs – I know this, and I think he makes a top job at the moment.”

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