Opera News

Opera News App

Zinnbauer losing faith in Lorch? [opinion]

@Thatob_
By @Thatob_ | self meida writer
Published 15 days ago - 3200 views

Orlando Pirates have been playing a good brand of football but have lately dropped points due to their lack of a killer-instinct upfront.

Since trusted strikers Zakhele Lepasa, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Gabadinho Mhango got injured, the Buccaneers have been having a goals-scoring problem, with the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch and Deon Hotto tried in the strikers' role.

In so doing, the Buccaneers coach Josef Zinnbauer showed lack of trust to the remaining strikers Kabelo Dlamini and Jean-Marc Mundele, who were preferred to come off the bench than to start games.

Before Pirates' CAF Confederation Cup play-off first-leg tie against Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana, the Soweto giants comfortably beat Cape Town City 2-0 in the DStv Premiership after scoring those two goals inside the first five minutes.

However, Zinnbauer's charges should have won by a bigger margin, with Lorch guilty of missing some clear chances inside the six-yard box.

It could be that Lorch is not yet used to playing as a striker and his confidence was down after horribly missing a penalty in a 2-0 loss against Golden Arrows in the preceding match before the one against the Citizens.

Going to the match against Galaxy in Botswana, with the CAF Confederation Cup group stage spot at stake, Zinnbauer had Terrence Dzvukamanja back from injury and he preferred the Zimbabwean to lead the attack instead of Lorch, whom he dropped to the bench.

Dzvukamanja was supported by Hotto upfront and Pirates broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute courtesy of a header by Thulani Hlatshwayo after a corner by the Namibian.

The Buccaneers left it late to seal the game, as Linda Mntambo and second-half substitute Jean-Marc Mundele, who got his first goal for Pirates netted two late goals to give the Soweto giants a comfortable 3-0 win away from home.

Pirates made some changes in the second-half but Lorch did not feature and could be that maybe he was rested.

However, with the match so crucial to Pirates, who have been taking continental competitions seriously in the past, the last time in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2015 going all the way to the final before losing out to Etoile du Sahel, is it reasonable to conclude that Lorch was rested or Zinnbauer is losing patience with him playing as a striker?

Please like, share or comment below.

Content created and supplied by: @Thatob_ (via Opera News )

Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform

YOU MAY LIKE

Bafana left-back plays for 59 minutes in England.

9 minutes ago

4 🔥

Bafana left-back plays for 59 minutes in England.

TP Mazembe get cheeky with Sundowns

16 minutes ago

21 🔥

TP Mazembe get cheeky with Sundowns

Khama Billiat's pending Kaizer Chiefs exit rubbished

19 minutes ago

48 🔥

Khama Billiat's pending Kaizer Chiefs exit rubbished

Orlando Pirates line up Ivory Coast striker

24 minutes ago

116 🔥

Orlando Pirates line up Ivory Coast striker

TS Galaxy Only Team To Have Swallows FC Beaten In The DSTV Premiership: See This

31 minutes ago

47 🔥

TS Galaxy Only Team To Have Swallows FC Beaten In The DSTV Premiership: See This

Former Isibaya actress leaves her fans speechless with her recent picture.

57 minutes ago

327 🔥

Former Isibaya actress leaves her fans speechless with her recent picture.

Remember 3-day old baby stolen from Jozini and found when he was 9? Woman who stole him sentenced

1 hours ago

78 🔥

Remember 3-day old baby stolen from Jozini and found when he was 9? Woman who stole him sentenced

Makaringe’s heroics help Pirates beat Celtic

1 hours ago

7 🔥

Makaringe’s heroics help Pirates beat Celtic

Chiefs Will Have to Pay Compensation for Odisha Star

1 hours ago

787 🔥

Chiefs Will Have to Pay Compensation for Odisha Star

MORE BAD NEWS : The COVID-19 vaccine may not work in these kinds of people

1 hours ago

34 🔥

MORE BAD NEWS : The COVID-19 vaccine may not work in these kinds of people

COMMENTS

View all comments