South Africa Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates Football Club has announced the appointment of Josef Zinnbauer as their new head coach.
A statement on the Pirates website noted: “Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Josef Zinnbauer. The 49-year old replaces Micho Sredojević as Head Coach on a three seasons appointment.”
On his part, Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said: “It is a fine balancing act that goes beyond the all-important technical skills. A coach is tasked to win through others. His ability to keep the team focused, making them work in concert, with minimal lapses is an important requirement. I hope that Josef Zinnbauer is able to hit the deck running. I know I am fully representative of all the Orlando Pirates Supporters in wishing him good luck.”
The appointment of the German tactician will see Rulani Mokwena who has been in charge of the team on an interim basis returning to his position as the club’s assistant coach alongside Fadlu Davids.
“It is important that we thank Rhulani for the fearless manner in which he stepped up to the plate when the need arose. One of the important lessons leaders learn at the top is about themselves. They are called, “Knowing what I know now” lessons. I have no doubt that Rhulani has learnt a lot of those for his betterment and that of the team,” the Khoza added.