Soweto Giant Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer to be aware that his modest approach will not cut it at the club this season as he has to churn out the goods.
Zinnbauer took over the lead at the club with less pressure, having merely been tasked to steer the team out of troubled waters following an underwhelming stint under interim coach Rhulani Mokwena.
However, the German’s start that, despite being initially criticised for his poor track record, he punched above his weight.
Pirates coach ensured the team finished third on the Premiership standings, qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.
That was an achievement for the 50-year-old coach, considering that he didn’t have a full pre-season with the team and with the club making just one signing during the January transfer window – an injured Nkanyiso Zungu from Stellenbosch FC.
The start of the new campaign, however, offered Zinnbauer his first full pre-season with the team, and he got rid of the dead wood and lured in new blood.
Pirates released players such as Tercious Malepe, Diamond Thopola, Alfred Ndengane, Meshack Maphangule, Brian Hlongwa, Thembela Sikhakhane, Xola Mlambo, Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga.
And the new era includes Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Deon Hotto, Thabang Monare, Collins Makgaka, Wayde Jooste and Richard Ofori.