JZ opens up on Pirates' new coaches


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has broken his silence on the surprise appointment of Mandla Ncikazi as the club's new assistant coach.

Ncikazi joined Pirates over a month ago after he abruptly parted ways with Golden Arrows, who he led to a fourth-place finish in the DStv Premiership last season.

The KwaZulu-Natal-born tactician signed a three deal with the Mighty Buccaneers and joins Fadlu Davids on the technical bench alongside Zinnbauer. 

The German mentor believes Ncikazi will add huge value at the club this coming season along with their new goalkeeper coach.

"We are happy with the staff we get. With coach Mandla (Ncikazi), we have a coach with experience as [assistant] coach and experience as a head coach, both sides," Zinnbauer told the media.

"We had a long time without a goalkeeper coach last season, as well as an analyst and fitness coach during the season. My first question to the club was, 'Please give me [another] assistant coach', and now we have a new assistant coach. 

"We have more staff members, we have more eyes on the field, we can manage the training easily, we can manage the games easily as well.

"We can manage the players easily at home maybe, when we travel to Africa. We have quality staff behind us, or behind me, and it's important in football."

The Buccaneers are set to take on rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the return of the Carling Black  Label Cup at Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening (17h00).

The reigning Carling Cup champions will be without a number of players including  Tshegofatso Mabasa, Happy Jele, Zakhele Lepasa and Vincent Pule due to injuries.

"We have 4 or 5 players that are out. They are not taking part in training sessions," added JZ.

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