More details have come to light regarding Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer's son Fabio, who is in a coma following a horrific car accident.
Zinnbauer jetted out of the country immediately after Saturday afternoon's 3-0 MTN8 semi-final first-leg win over arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium.
The 50-year-old revealed in his post-match interview that he had a family emergency but refused to divulge any further information surrounding his sudden departure.
Reports emerged earlier today that Fabio Zinnbauer was injured in a serious accident in Nuremberg on October 23 – more than a week prior to last Saturday's Soweto Derby – and remains in a coma in hospital.
The 24-year-old, who is an amateur footballer for District League side SV Gutenstetten-Steinachgrund, had been driving a black Skoda Octavia before crashing into a truck on Munich Road in Nuremberg at around 13h00 on the day.
Pirates have granted Zinnbauer leave to be at the bedside of his son, who is fighting for his life, but remain hopeful the former Hamburger SV mentor will return to the club once the situation has improved.
"A 24-year-old car driver got his vehicle under a truck for an unexplained cause. The 24-year-old car driver was trapped in his vehicle and had to be freed," said a German first responder in a News5 report.
"He was then rescued with very serious injuries and was then admitted to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
"We cannot currently say about the cause of the accident. The Nuremberg Traffic Police Department has taken over the investigation into the cause of the accident and then consulted an expert with the Nuremberg-Fürth public prosecutor to clarify the situation."
Watch the original report in German from News5 below:
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