Zinnbauer resigns as Orlando Pirates Head Coach

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Orlando Pirates have been jolted – just one game into the new season – following the shocking resignation of Coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Zinnbauer quit his role as the Buccaneer’s Manager in a letter received by the club’s hierarchy, citing family reasons for his decision.

 

His letter read:
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,” Zinnbauer said, in a club statement.
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.
The 51 year-old was appointed two seasons ago, a few weeks after the sudden resignation of Serbian manager Milutin Sredojevic.
Zinnbauer’s resignation followed the team’s stunning 2-1 defeat to Moroka Swallows in a Cup tournament at the weekend.
Per Kickoff, since his arrival in December 2019, the German mentor oversaw 68 competitive matches with 35 wins, 20 draws and 13 defeats.
He led them to a quarter-final spot in the CAF Confederation Cup last season and won the Cup in 2020.
The club is yet to announce an immediate replacement, but it is expected name an interim Boss in the next hours with the team’s first league game of the season coming up on Saturday.

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