Pirates pitch up late at the races

Pirates pitch up late at the races

Josef Zinnbauer coach of Orlando Pirates during Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards at Orlando Stadium (Pic BackpagePix)

What a difference a month makes. It was 21 December, on the dot, when Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards 3-1 in their first match under Josef Zinnbauer, with Rulani Mokwena pulling what looked, frankly, like a massive sulk on the bench, his dismal stint in charge at the Buccaneers having come to an abrupt end.

These days Mokwena is nowhere to be seen at Pirates, albeit that he is still apparently there, and Zinnbauer, along with Fadlu Davids, has transformed Pirates’ fortunes to such an extent that there are now some optimistic fans even writing into Phakaaathi suggesting they can catch Kaizer Chiefs and win the Absa Premiership. A glance at the table sees the Buccaneers still some 12 points behind Chiefs, with 12 games left to play, but there does seem every chance that they can challenge for second spot, should Mamelodi Sundowns be distracted by Caf Champions League action, and should Bidvest Wits...




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