The 50-year-old tactician said it is was a special victory against their archrivals and he dedicated the win to their fans
Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was a relieved man after his side secured a win over Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers edged out Amakhosi 2-1 in a PSL match which was played at Orlando Stadium with Thembinkosi Lorch and Siphesihle Ndlovu scoring for Zinnbauer’s side.
The victory saw Pirates return to winning ways in the league having been held to a 1-1 draw by TS Galaxy at home on Tuesday.
Having responded to fans, who were calling for his dismissal ahead of the Soweto Derby clash, Zinnbauer praised his goalkeeper Richard Ofori and attacker Thembinkosi Lorch.
What’s been said
“Tough game, first half I think they were the better team. Second half we have the goal and then we played more on the counter-attack. I think we also had opportunities to score earlier,” ” Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV.
“I have to see the pictures, but I think, penalties not one I think in the first half also. But the biggest thing for me was close to the end in the first half with Makaringe and Lorch completely alone.
“I think they make the second goal then the game is close to finishing for us in the second half. But now you see Kaizer Chiefs have the quality especially with long high balls in the box and the crosses.”
“Always crossing, crossing, crossing it is not easy to defend but compliments keeper Richard [Ofori] made a good game,” he continued.
“The defensive lines also, it’s not easy against these guys. Lorch is man of the match. I think it was a top game in offence and defence. I think in the channel you have a team effort today and deserved three points,” he added.
“We wanted this in the first half, we had the opportunities but it was the final third we had problems with the shots on goal. This is what we expected before the game. In the first half, it was possible.”
“In the second half, it was a good counter-attack game for us but we didn’t have the thing we need – the goals. But for I think it was a clear penalty in the second half, and two hands in the first half,” he said.
“I don’t know the referee don’t have the view we have, but we’re happy we won the derby. We needed these three points and this was the reason we wanted the three points.
“Yes, it is special against Kaizer Chiefs for the fans, supporters. I think it is more for us, we needed the three points and I‘m happy we gave this win to the supporters.”
Why does it matter & what’s the bigger picture?
- It was Pirates’ third successive win against Chiefs having recorded two wins over Amakhosi in the 2020 MTN8 semi-final tie which they won 5-0 on aggregate.
- Zinnbauer has now emulated his German compatriot, Ernst Middendorp who masterminded three successive Soweto Derby victories last season as a Chiefs coach,
- The Soweto Derby victory has taken Pirates to fourth place on the league standings and they are now five points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.
- Pirates will get a chance to close the gap on Sundowns when they face Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban on February 2.