Thu. Feb 25th, 2021

Orlando Pirates’ coach sticks to his guns on rotation

Josef Zinnbauer says that the reality is Orlando Pirates must strike a balance between continuity and the management of player workloads.

orlando pirates coach sticks to his guns on rotation - Orlando Pirates’ coach sticks to his guns on rotation

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer insists that he will continue to exercise squad rotation despite the team ‘clicking’ against Cape Town City in a midweek Premiership clash.

Cape Town City could have leapfrogged Pirates and the in-form Golden Arrows into fourth place with a win over the Sea Robbers but were undone by two early strikes by their hosts.

Orlando Pirates to continue rotation

The result gives Orlando Pirates their first back-to-back wins of 2021 after they saw off Uthongathi in an unconvincing display over the weekend.

Zinnbauer has defended his use of his squad in recent weeks citing injuries and workload management as the primary reason for consistently shuffling the pack.

While the German coach will have a few days to prepare for their Caf Confederation Cup playoff first leg against Jwaneng Galaxy in Botswana, he insists that squad rotation will have to continue as long as Pirates are competing on multiple fronts.

“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. We have now a game on Sunday and we have a little bit more time for recovery,” Zinnbauer told reporters after Orlando Pirates’ 2-0 win over Cape Town City on Tuesday evening.

The coach brought up Thabang Monare’s injury during the match as a prime example of what can go wrong. Teammates Monare and Siphesihle Ndlovu clashed heads going for the same ball but Zinnbauer is hopeful that neither is seriosuly hurt.

“You saw Monare coming out and I hope it’s not so difficult for him. But I saw him after the game, and I think he feels good. I think it’s those things that we have to work on, when the player is out then you have another one that you can put him in. Or when a player says I’m tired, or I feel my muscle a little bit then you protect the player. I know that there will be questions on why the coach is always changing or why is he not playing players in right positions. Like (Siphesihle) Ndlovu today, at the moment we don’t have right full-backs, and that’s the reason why Ndlovu played in that position. The three full-backs are out injured. These are the things that you have to do and manage as a coach and it’s not easy I understand the supporters,” the coach added.

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