🇿🇦 BREAKING: Orlando Pirates coach Zinnbauer resigns
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🇿🇦 BREAKING: Orlando Pirates coach Zinnbauer resigns

South Africa's five-time league champions Orlando Pirates have announced the resignation of coach Josef Zinnbauer.

The German's departure follows after the club's 2-1 loss to Swallows FC during last weekend's season opener in the MTN 8 quarter-finals.

"Orlando Pirates Football Club Head Coach Josef Zinnbauer, has tendered his resignation," Pirates' statement said on the club's website.

Zinnbauer takes the exit door after an unpredicted arrival in December 2019. The 51-year-old played 68 games which included 35 wins, 20 draws, and 13 defeats. His short stay in Soweto was not without any silverware, thanks to an MTN8 title last season that ended the club's six-year drought.

Full Pirates statement on Zinnabauer's departure:

"Mr Zinnbauer has thanked the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Club and its supporters.

"Mr Zinnbauer said: “I would like to thank the Chairman and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the Club has come to an end. I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters.

“I have spent the last two years away from my family and for this reason I have decided to hand in my resignation. I would like to wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”

"The German mentor leaves the Club with a record of 35 wins, 20 draws and 13 losses in his 68 matches in charge of the Mighty Buccaneers.

"On behalf of the Club, we would like to wish Mr Zinnbauer all the best in his future endeavours," the brief ended.

The decision has now confirmed that Bucs have changed coaches for the 10th time in 10 years:

1. Josef Zinnbauer

2. Rulani Mokwena

3. Milutin Sredojević

4. Kjell Jonevret

5. Muhsin Ertugral

6. Eric Tinkler

7. Vladimir Vermezovic

8. Roger De Sá

9. Júlio Leal

10. Ruud Krol.

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