Josef Zinnbauer leaves Orlando Pirates after MTN8 Soweto Derby

Orlando Pirates have announced that head coach Josef Zinnbauer has left the country to attend to his son, who is in hospital in Germany.

Pirates outplayed Kaizer Chiefs in Saturday’s MTN8 semi-final first leg at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, winning the game 3-0.

In a post-match press conference, Zinnbauer stunned reporters with an announcement that he was going back to Germany.

However, Pirates cleared up the confusion in a statement on Saturday.

“Orlando Pirates can confirm that the club has granted the head coach leave to go home to Germany,” the club said on its website on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, out of respect for Mr [Josef] Zinnbauer and his family we cannot divulge anything more except to say that his son is in hospital.

“The coach has requested for his family’s privacy to be respected during this difficult time. He will be back soon.”

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