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Zinnbauer Makes Bold Trophy Statement

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has made a bold statement about the club’s title ambitions this season.

The German tactician will enter his second full campaign with the Buccaneers, who have also added Mandla Ncikazi as assistant and Sjoerd Woudenberg as goal keeper coach to Zinnbauer’s technical team.

Zinnbauer ended Pirates’ six-year trophy draught when his side lifted the MTN8 cup and he now insisted his side want to go for all titles.

“We have a good squad and last season, yes we are happy that we finally have a title after the last six years we have not had a title,” he told reporters.

“I know this, normally when you get a title then they want more. We saw it last season, you won a title and they say ‘wow now to the top, let’s get the title but the next title is now maybe the Nedbank Cup or please win the league’ Yeah, I know. 

“We want (to) win all titles. As a coach as a player you want win titles that’s clear. 

“It’s special for especially for clubs like Pirates, Chiefs or Sundowns. There’s the target what we have.

“But in most of times like we saw now in the last years, it’s not so easy (because) all teams fight about titles. Just look at AmaZulu (who ended) in second place last season. 

“Nobody in the room before the season spoke about AmaZulu but it’s possible, in football all is possible.”

In 2020/21, Pirates won the MTN8 cup but excited the CAF Confederations Cup as well as the Nedbank Cup in the quarter-finals, while finishing the DStv Premiership in third place.