Maybe and just maybe Josef Zinnbauer’s departure was a terrible mistake by Orlando Pirates management given the current state of affairs at the club and it seems co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids are finding it difficult to sail it Bucs ship.
After all, Zinnbauer left the Buccaneers after he managed to bring some silverware to the team by winning the MTN8 in 2020, six years after the club last won a trophy.
The German certainly wasn’t the most beloved coach of most Bucs supporters, but he really did have his admirers, who saw the greatness in him. I remember the Pirates’ build-up to the MTN8, and how brutal they were during that tournament. Especially the semi-final encounter against rivals Kaizer Chiefs, where Bucs recorded a 5-0 aggregate win over their nemesis.
This is something two coaches have been unable to do as they have already lost twice this season to Amakhosi, a team that Pirates fans don’t want to lose to.
There is definitely a lot of pressure brewing for Ncikazi and Davids and the fans are not okay with the way things are unfolding. And more recently, losing their draw to Marumo Gallants in the last 16 round of the Nedbank Cup.
To be fair, the Ke Yona Cup was ideally the best possible chance for Pirates to lift some silverware this season with the race for the league title, with Mamelodi Sundowns competing. They also lost the MTN8 and the Café Confederation Cup should be a dream to go on and win that title given the club’s inconsistency.
Yes, Pirates has reached the quarterfinals of the same tournament in the last campaign. But things are different at the club now and there are many changes in their roster, while the issue of the omission of Gabadinho Mhango is still a key topic of discussion, someone the club’s fans believe will be able to solve their scoring problems. .
As things are now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pirates hire a new coach next season, it’s that bad, something that was unexpected given the investment they’ve made in terms of getting quality players over the years.