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Pule Defends Zinnbauer

Vincent Pule has leapt to the defence of Orlando Pirates’ head coach Josef Zinnbauer, and says the players are full behind the German tactician.

Zinnbauer’s future at the club has drawn a lot of speculation, despite the coach leading Pirates to their first trophy in six years, when they won the MTN8 Trophy at the start of the season.

But Pule says that the whole team are behind Zinnbauer, and says they all take responsibility when things aren’t going well.

While Pirates finished third in the DStv Premiership, many supporters and pundits have been disappointed by the Buccaneers’ inability to challenge champions Mamelodi Sundowns this season.

Pule says that Pirates need to be consistent if they want to win the league, and it is their target next season to do just that and challenge for every trophy.

“As a team, we need to support each other. As players we are hundred per cent behind the coach because we lose as a team and we win as a team,” Pule was quoted as saying by The Sowetan.

“Now that the things aren’t going well, must we point fingers? No, we are a team. We all take responsibility for what happened. It wasn’t the coach’s fault that we were inconsistent.

“Being criticised is a package of playing for Pirates, you have to win every game at Pirates.

“We must be consistent. Consistency is the key. When you want to win the league, every game you get full points. We’ve told ourselves that next season we’re going to challenge for every available trophy.

“The second round of the season is very difficult, hence you must make sure you do well in the first round.

“If you can win maybe 12 games in the first round, you have a realistic chance to win the title and that’s our plan going forward.”

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