Article By: Phumzile Ngcatshe
In the wake of a 2-0 loss at the hands of Golden Arrows on Tuesday afternoon away from home, Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has dropped a hint on what is their problem.Although he admits it was a difficult encounter against Mandla Ncikazi’s men, the German manager says they had a problem on the left flank.The Buccaneers were tipped to bag their second consecutive DStv Premiership win after beating arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.
However, a brace through Pule Mmodi and a penalty miss by star Thembinkosi Lorch at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium saw the former African champions coming back from Durban empty-handed.
“Difficult game, bad result. Performance in the first half was not enough to win the game. In the second half, we pushed a bit more, but we have a problem at the moment we are not scoring,” Zinnbauer reacted.
“You saw with the penalty and the other chances we also had. But it’s not enough for us, we have to work until the end of the game. The opponents we working more than before. I think they deserved (the win), we have to understand that we have to work hard.”
On the other hand, the experienced tactician pointed out their struggles at the back and motivated why he brought on Paseka Mako.
“I think we started well in the first half we came closer to scoring. We had a problem with Bongani Sam and Paseka Mako took his role,” he added.
“We changed in the second half and we had a better game. We had opportunities, but they weren’t enough for this game. The penalty was not the first chance, we had other chances before. But we are not scoring at the moment. If we don’t score we won’t win and the goals we conceded were too easy.”
Taking a glimpse at the log table, Pirates and Abafana Bes’thende are now level on 25 points, but the Soweto giants dropped to position five on the log after 16 games, whereas Arrows find themselves sitting in fourth place with only 14 games played.
Pirates will now hope to bounce back to winning ways when they host Uthongathi in The Nedbank Cup Last 32 on Saturday afternoon.