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Official: Zinnbauer Leaves Pirates

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has resigned with immediate effect, the club announced today.

The German tactician resigned from his duties after two-and-a-half years with the club during which he collected Pirates first trophy in six years after lifting the 2020 MTN8 Cup.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club Head Coach Josef Zinnbauer, has tendered his resignation. Mr Zinnbauer has thanked the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Club and its supporters,” the club said in a statement.

Zinnbauer explained said: “I would like to thank the Chairman and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the Club has come to an end. I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters.  

“I have spent the last two years away from my family and for this reason I have decided to hand in my resignation. I would like to wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”

Zinnbauer leaves the club with a record of 35 wins, 20 draws and 13 losses in his 68 matches in charge. His resignation comes after the Buccaneers lost 2-1 to Swallows FC in the MTN8 quarter-final on the weekend.

Pirates are yet to comment on Zinnbauer’s successor.