Orlando Pirates Coach Zinnbauer Defends Shuffling of Players, Says It's Necessary

Orlando Pirates Coach Zinnbauer Defends Shuffling of Players, Says It's Necessary

- Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has defended his recent tactic of shuffling players frequently

- According to the coach, the high number of games as well as the players who are frequently injured means that he has no choice

- The team will be facing Jwaneng Galaxy in Botswana for another CAF fixture and according to Zinnbauer, squad rotation will continue

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Coach Josef Zinnbauer recently explained the reason behind the team's recent constant shuffling. According to the Orlando Pirates coach, a high number of games coupled with an equally high number of injuries means he has little choice.

“It’s not always easy when you have, after the games, problems. Like last week, it was (Vincent) Pule, and before it was (Paseka) Mako.
"We have always had a little bit of problems with injuries, players have had muscles problems like (Bongani) Sam last week. That’s a problem, then we have a lot of games and always we have to manage," said Zinnbauer after the team had a 2-0 victory against Cape Town City recently.

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Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates fans have had this to say:

@Mohale87665565 said:

"At least yesterday they were playing like the real Orlando Pirates, not the nonsense they were playing in previous games."

@mgcineniernest said:

"Great performance yesterday, we need more players to compete properly in CAF games otherwise injuries will cost us"

@MapenaKatiso said:

"A nice game we had; time to move on and focus on the next game. We celebrated that victory enough yesterday, we still have a game to prepare for."

@Luja_Mahlahla said:

"On to the next one.. And the coach needs to keep the winning team. No chop and changing the line up each and every game"
Coach Zinnbauer Defends His Shuffling of Players, Says It's Necessary
Coach Zinnbauer says shuffling is necessary. Image: Adam Pretty/Bongarts
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In other Briefly.co.za news, Kaizer Chiefs are once again facing travel problems as a result of the Covid-19 strain on travel regulations. The team is meant to travel to Morocco to face Wydad Casablanca for another CAF group C fixture in less than 12 hours.

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According to a media statement released by the team, several of its members are yet to receive their travel visas despite the fact that they had applied for them well in advance, they also stuck to all necessary guidelines.

"Kaizer Chiefs made all the necessary arrangements to travel including booking flights, securing accommodation, submission of visa applications and everything that is required for the trip," read a statement published on the official Kaizer Chiefs website.

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