Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer shows respect for Gavin Hunt

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer will not be underestimating Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Gavin Hunt in this weekend’s Soweto Derby.

The two sides come up against one another for the first time in 2020/21 in what is expected to be an enthralling MTN8 semi-final first leg at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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While Zinnbauer had his first taste of a Soweto Derby earlier this year, he will be up against a new face in Hunt, who recently succeeded German tactician Ernst Middendorp.

While the four-time league-winner has never experienced a Derby first-hand, the Pirates mentor insists such experience is not necessary for someone of Hunt’s caliber.

“They have a top coach, he have a lot of experience, he has won titles in this country. He led a top team [Bidvest Wits] last year and also fought for the title last season – he was close to [winning] the title,” said Zinnbauer in the build-up to the match.

“And he knows my players exactly, some players were in his team last season and he knows them, he knows their style.

“But I think it’s a neutral zone for both of us. He [Hunt] has a new squad with a very good game in the last game-day, and he’s free for other things.

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“But he has a lot of games in this country and he knows exactly what a Derby is; he’s not a coach that has no experience, he has a lot of experience.

“Maybe he doesn’t have Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates experience, but he have maybe other derbies in his life, and he has a lot of experience.

“I don’t think anybody has an advantage in experience, it’s a game-day and in such special games it’s important that the players have a 100 percent focus, self-confidence and a game-plan to work towards.

“That’s the thing that you have to find as a coach, and then it’s always important that the players in the game implement what we want as coaches.”

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Kick-off is scheduled for 15h00.