Futaa looks ahead to Josef Zinnbauer’s key dates as he starts life as new Orlando Pirates head coach in the Absa Premiership.
The German replaces Milutin Sredojevic who resigned in August to coach Zamalek in Egypt after two seasons at the Orlando Stadium. Zinnbauer’s foreign status means a waiting period for his work permit and therefore won’t be fully in charge when Bucs host Black Leopards on Saturday 21 December.
Here we take a look at the key dates in Zinnbauer’s start in Soweto:
Saturday 4 January – Bloemfontein Celtic (away)
The German’s first taste of PSL football being in the buzzing atmosphere at Celtic should leave a lasting memory.
Tuesday 7 January – Polokwane City (away)
Clinton Larsen is charge of Rise & Shine these days and Zinnbauer will therefore meet an ultra defensive home side.
Saturday 11 January – Mamelodi Sundowns (home)
An ever entertaining goal fest. The champions will be in Orlando and a win here could be a quick way into the Pirates fanbase hearts.
Saturday 18 January – Highlands Park (home)
Park are known as the hardest working team in the league. Interesting test for the new man.
Wednesday 22 January – Sundowns (away)
The trip to Pretoria will face a sea of yellow and relentless singing until the last minute of the game. Imagine if Zinnbauer beats Pitso Mosimane’s Kabo Yellow twice in one month.