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Zinnbauer: It's important to have quality staff behind you

Mandla Ncikazi, Josef Zinnbauer & Fadlu Davids

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has spoken highly of his new-look technical team following the arrival of Mandla Ncikazi and Sjoerd Woudenberg.

Ncikazi left his post as head coach of Golden Arrows to work as assistant to Zinnbauer alongside Fadlu Davids, with Sjoerd Woudenberg appointed as goalkeeper coach.

The team are in camp preparing for the upcoming Carling Black Label Cup against rivals Kaizer Chiefs, with Zinnbauer explaining the importance of a well-rounded staff to help implement his aims for the campaign.

The head coach said on Goal: "In coach Mandla we have a good coach that has experience as an assistant coach and as a head coach, he knows both sides. What we expected since last season was a goalkeeper coach. We haven't had a goalkeeper coach in a long time, last season we lost an analyst and an individual coach during the season.

"My first question at the club was, 'please give me another assistant coach', this was in my first few months and now we have one and we have more staff members and more eyes on the field, we can manage training easier and the games as well, we can manage the players that are left behind easier when we travel to Africa.

"We have a quality staff behind me and that's very important in football."