Orlando Pirates latest | Zinnbauer’s ‘departure’ raises eyebrows

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has returned to Germany to spend some time with his family now that it’s off-season.

However, his ‘departure’ which is expected to last until June 30, has raised a few eyebrows, and questions are asked as to whether or not he will come back.

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According to Sunday Times, ‘a change of guard is on the cards in the Orlando Pirates coaching department’.

And Zinnbauer’s departure is linked to the coaching changes that are likely to happen at Pirates with the publication suggesting the German mentor might not return.

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That’s because the Pirates management is reported to be divided on whether or not Zinnbauer should see through his contract.

He has a year left on his current deal with the Buccaneers.

Zinnbauer and Pirates have been criticized for not mounting a serious challenge to the DStv Premiership title – Bucs finished third for the second successive season.

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Consequently, Pirates will again campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup next season; the competition they exited at the quarter-final stage this term.

The arrival of Mandla Ncikazi has also fueled speculation that Pirates are looking for Zinnbauer’s replacement with Steve Komphela heavily linked with a possible move to the Sea Robbers.

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Komphela is currently a senior coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, and it remains to be seen if he would agree to dump the Brazilians for Pirates ahead of next season provided Zinnbauer is indeed shown the exit door.

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