Pule: Why JZ can end Pirates drought

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Orlando Pirates star Vincent Pule believes the current generation of players can end their six-year trophy drought, and not only because of great new signings.

The Buccaneers have sent a strong message with their new signings and are one game away from winning the MTN8 after outsmarting their biggest rivals Kaizer Chiefs 5-0 over the two semi-finals.

Pule, who seems to be returning to his best, says the new recruits have added huge value to the team and inspired him to perform better, which has resulted in him receiving a national team call-up.

"The new signings pushed me, they came and added value to the team, it's been amazing to have them in the team," Pule said at the Bafana Bafana camp in Durban last week.

"They truly brought positive vibes to the team. It's amazing, you take one out and you put another one without any challenge. It's amazing to have a team like that with so many qualities."

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Pirates have been progressing steadily under Josef Zinnbauer and Pule says the German coach's demands for hard work regardless of talent has contributed immensely to their recent good form.

"He is a coach that wants heart to be there more than talent, because you can have all the talent but if your heart is not there, nothing can happen," he added

"He wants hard workers. The mentality has to be right and that's what he has changed at Pirates.

"We've been doing well until now. We must maintain the level of focus and anything is possible. It will be great if this generation can win a trophy, it's been very long without silverware."

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