Bucs want more Zinnbauer mag ic

CALM: COACH HAS PUT THE FUN BACK INTO THE GAME

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Si­bongiseni Gumbi

It is easy to see why Or­lando Pi­rates play­ers have taken such a quick lik­ing to their new coach, Josef Zinnbauer who has guided them to six wins and a draw in his first seven matches in charge of the Soweto gi­ants. On pa­per, and per­haps stereo­typ­i­cally based on his Ger­man roots, Zinnbauer is ex­pected to be a tough task mas­ter who doesn’t hes­i­tate to whip any­one who doesn’t toe the line.

But the 49-year-old men­tor has proved to be quite the op­po­site of that with videos of him danc­ing with his play­ers af­ter games flood­ing so­cial me­dia. Even his man­ner of speak­ing is calmer and more charm­ing – in fact he has that enig­matic play­boy charm of fa­mous movie and mu­sic stars. He looks like he is smil­ing even when he is not.

Speak­ing ahead of his team’s cru­cial Ned­bank Cup Last 32 en­counter against Bid­vest Wits, on at Or­lando Sta­dium to­mor­row, Zinnbauer re­vealed what has made it eas­ier for his play­ers to adapt to his ways.

“We have fun be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter train­ing. We are win­ning and the play­ers are danc­ing and putting videos on so­cial me­dia. If we were los­ing maybe we wouldn’t put them on so­cial me­dia but we are do­ing well at the mo­ment and we are hav­ing fun. My ap­proach is to have one-onone with the play­ers af­ter train­ing and that helps them im­prove,” he said.

“It is my job. I am al­ways work­ing. So, I don’t know if it’s a new thing or old thing for the play­ers but it’s my sys­tem, it’s what I do. I speak with the play­ers (in­di­vid­u­ally) and work with them in in­di­vid­ual ses­sions af­ter train­ing,” he said when asked about the team’s sud­den rejuvenati­on.

“And maybe it’s good for the play­ers that we do this, I don’t know. For me it’s about do­ing my job and I al­ways do it like that. Maybe that helps im­prove the men­tal­ity. But we have a men­tal coach too and he works closely with us. We speak about ev­ery­thing be­fore he goes to the squad, who have im­proved at this mo­ment,” he added.

Pic­ture: Gallo Im­ages

CON­FI­DENT. Or­lando Pi­rates coach Josef Zinnbauer will be hop­ing his team can con­tinue their won­der­ful run of form when they take on Bid­vest Wits in the last-32 of the Ned­bank Cup to­mor­row.

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