Tuesday Feb 18, 2020. 11:00
Credit for Orlando Pirates’ recent winning run in the Absa Premiership should be given to the players and not coach Josef Zinnbauer, according to star striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango.
The arrival of the German in December 2019 to take up the coaching reins has brought a major upswing in the Buccaneers’ league form.
This past weekend they claimed a last-gasp 1-0 away win over Black Leopards to rack up a sixth straight victory in the league, with the run bringing them to within six points of leaders and arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
Pirates have played a game more than the Amakhosi, but with a derby between the teams set for the end of the month, the title race could be blown wide open.
And the key factor behind Bucs’ rise in form has been the players taking it upon themselves to put in better performances, according to Mhango.
“I think it was not about the coach. At the end of the day, as players, no matter which coach comes, because sometimes coaches come and go,” the Malawian is quoted by Kick-Off.
“As players, everyone was like, ‘Come on guys, we need just to play for the fans and the badge of Orlando Pirates’, and that’s what is important [in the team’s turn around].”
Mhango added that he and the team are not thinking about the title race, but rather focusing on one game at a time.
“Us we are not playing for the league, we are playing for the three points. We need to take every game as it comes,” he explained.
“We’re not talking about the league now, we’re just focussed on collecting three points – as long we get three points, [the rest doesn’t matter].”