Pirates issue statement on Zinnbauer


Orlando Pirates have released an official statement on the departure of head coach Josef Zinnbauer following their MTN8 semi-final first leg against Kaizer Chiefs.

Zinnbauer shocked many with an announcement that he was headed back home immediately after their 3-0 drubbing of Chiefs in Saturday's Soweto Derby.

The German refused to divulge further information pertaining to his departure or his future with the club, but Pirates have since offered more clarity on the matter.

The Buccaneers have explained that the 50-year-old's son has been hospitalised and he has thus been granted leave to attend to the situation urgently, while further assuring that the coach will "return soon".

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"Orlandopiratesfc.com can confirm that the Club has granted the head coach leave to go home to Germany," read the official club update.

"Unfortunately, out of respect for Mr Zinnbauer and his family we cannot divulge anything more except to say that his son is in hospital.

"The coach has requested for his family’s privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

"He will be back soon."