Pirates call off Komphela pursuit?


Orlando Pirates are set to continue with Jozef Zinnbauer into the new season as it would discussions to land Steve Khompela have reached an impasse.

Khompela, who is currently a 'senior coach' at Mamelodi Sundowns alongside co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena, is believed to be too costly for the Buccaneers.

According to a reliable source, the former Kaizer Chiefs head coach will cost a pretty penny, which is said to be the stumbling block in his move to Pirates.

Though he helped the Soweto giants end their six-year trophy drought by winning the MTN8 cup last season, Zinnbauer's future at the four-time league champions has been uncertain over his failure to convincingly challenge for the DStv Premiership title.

Despite the growing calls to sack the German towards the end of the last campaign, he is back in the country to commence preparations for the 2021/22 season.

"The cost of Steve Khompela's move to Pirates was too much," the source explains.

"What happened is, both [Mandla] Ncikazi and Khompela were supposed to join the club, but the cost is too great. For Mandla, it was decent money but for Khompela, it's too much. So, Zinnbauer is still going to be in charge next season."

Contacted for comment, Pirates' administrative officer Floyd Mbele refused to be drawn on the possibility of further changes to the club's technical team.

"Did you hear anything suggesting he [Zinnbauer] is not continuing? The club didn't say anything regarding Zinnbauer, so why must I affirm that he will still be the coach?" Mbele responded.

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