Zinnbauer: I’m so hot about Chiefs game

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has discussed the prospect of facing Kaizer Chiefs in his very first Soweto Derby experience later this month.

Zinnbauer is set to lead his charges out in one of the biggest fixtures on the continent when Pirates host Chiefs for the second round Absa Premiership Soweto Derby on February 29.

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The German, who has previously experienced the supporters’ culture in the Bundesliga where he managed Hamburg, has faced the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

Dortmund’s home Signal Induna Park has a capacity of over 80 000 and is regularly filled to capacity for their fixtures, while Bayern’s Allianz Arena has a 75 000 capacity.

The 49-year-old, however, is itching to experience a sold-out 90 000-seater FNB Stadium in two weeks’ time and says he is “hot” for the match to come as early as tomorrow.

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“We have a game in Dortmund, with Hamburg, there was maybe, I don’t know, I think 70 000 [supporters] and the stadium was so loud, you can’t understand your own words,” said Zinnbauer upon receiving his maiden Absa Coach of the Month award at the PSL offices.

“When we played against Bayern Munich, it was full. So, I’ve had a lot of games [with big crowds] like this, but I’m so happy I get the chance to play with the team in front of 90 000.

“It is a different feeling maybe, and I’m happy I can play against Kaizer Chiefs. For me, we can play this [Derby] tomorrow, I’m so hot about the game.”

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However, this weekend Zinnbauer will be focused on a tricky trip to Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday (15h30) to face a struggling Black Leopards who will be desperate for three points.

Fortune Makaringe is suspended for the clash after picking up his fourth booking of the season against Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup.

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