'We have nothing to lose in Soweto Derby'


Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer says the Buccaneers have nothing to lose heading to the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs.

With the match against Leopards seemingly headed for a draw, Pirates were fortunate to snatch three points at the death thanks to an own goal by Thabiso Mokoena.

Zinnbauer is looking forward to the Soweto derby at the end of the month, as the pressure will be on Kaizer Chiefs.

"Yes, we now have three points, we look always to the next game and then we have a big game for the supporters, we have nothing to lose on this game, Kaizer Chiefs is under pressure now and we have fun, we're very glad for the next game, the big game for the supporters and us. I'm glad for this, I hope it's coming soon," he told SuperSport TV.

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On the actual win over Leopards, the German was thankful for Sandilands' contribution as a key factor to side's sixth straight Absa Premiership victory.

"First-half was very difficult for us, the opponent played very strong and they had the good solution, the set-pieces, they counter-attacked [but] we have [Wayne] Sandilands, this was our luck today yes," he said.

"The second-half, the first five minutes was not so good, we needed a little time to come in the game and from minute to minute we come more and more in the game and then we have the control, the lead of the game.

"Last week we had in the last minute, unlucky and now we have in the end luck and we're happy three points today."

The German tactician went on to applaud the team's fighting spirit and explained the reasons behind his substitutions.

"It's true [not giving up], the team gives [in] all conditions, all fighting that we have for three points, this is the thing that we want at Orlando Pirates, they want a fighter, they want a winner, guys that have hunger for success and this is the point we have at the moment and I hope we continue this.

"Last week we had 120 minutes, the players for this weather today was very hard, difficult for us. Ja we changed, [Austin] Muwowo comes in, [Zakhele] Lepasa comes in and [Kabelo] Dlamini comes in, we need fresh guys and then we see we're coming more and more and they players were quick," he said.