The German tactician was not happy that his side blew away the scoring chances but congratulated his goal scorers.
Orlando pirates Coach Josef Zinnbauer described Wednesday’s Premier Soccer League clash with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila as a “tough game” despite an easy 3-0 away win at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Two first-half goals from Deon Hotto and Frank Mhango, as well as Fortune Makaringe’s strike in the second half, saw the Pirates climb two places in the log to settle for fourth as they closed the gap between them and the leaders Mamelodi sunset at seven points.
It was the end of a two-game winless run for the Soweto Giants whose victory in Venda was their biggest margin of victory in the league so far this season.
Despite their sacking of Tshakhuma appearing to be smooth sailing, Zinnbauer says it was a tough outing but praised his scorers on the convincing victory.
“I think it was a tough game, but we had a lot of chances in the first half and also in the second half,” Zinnbauer said. SuperSport TV.
“This is the point we have to talk about, when you have a chance you have to score. But I’m glad we had Gabba [Mhango] rating, Hotto as well as Makaringe. I’m happy with these players, they did a good job against the ball and with the ball. They receive salaries for it.
“I think we did that [started the match well] but we had the opportunity first and foremost to score. Not one but two or three scoring chances at the end of the match. This is what we have to work on, control and then kill the opponent. You have to score two, three, four but my feeling today is that we weren’t that hungry. Three more nil and we go back and then we play a little casual.
“This is the thing we have to work on. We have to control the game and if it works we can get more of it. “
We had a lot of counterattacks but we were too casual towards the end. In the absence of co-captain Thulani Hlatshwayo serving a suspension, Zinnbauer shifted left-back Innocent Maela to start in central defense partner Ntsikelelo Nyauza.
Paseka Mako started the game on the left side of the defense, while Man-of-the-Match Wayde Jooste was deployed as right-back.
But 19 minutes to go, Mako was pulled out for captain Happy Jele who entered central defense as Maela resumed his usual left-back position.
“This is the advantage we have [playing different ways in defence]. We can easily change the game, the structure, the system or the players, ”Zinnbauer said.
“It’s good for us and I’m happy Jele has come back, we needed his experience. The defense was good, Mako played very well and Wayde was much better in our attack. That’s what we expect from him and I’m glad he got the man of the match. Congratulations to him.
The pirates will remain in Venda and will be again at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday where they will be greeted by Black, the last. Leopards.