Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has explained why he made a surprise return for the Soweto Derby on Sunday despite his son’s serious condition.
Zinnbauer returned to Germany last weekend after the MTN8 semi-final first leg victory over Kaizer Chiefs to be with his son Fabio, who was involved in a serious car accident and sustained life-threatening injuries.
Despite the situation back in Nuremberg, where the 24-year-old is in a coma in hospital, the 50-year-old tactician is back at work in South Africa and oversaw his side’s second successive Soweto Derby win at FNB Stadium yesterday.
The Buccaneers have now advanced to their first top eight final since 2014, with Zinnbauer expected to feature in his very first cup final in the PSL.
“First I have to say a big, big thank you to the guys, they support my family, [including] a lot of supporters and the whole staff, club and squad give me and my family real energy with their words received through messages, sms, whatsapp, emails,” explained JZ.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s fantastic for me and my family, I share the words with my family and we get a lot of energy, thank you for this, thank you to the Chairman [Khoza] for letting me go.
“The reason [for coming back so soon] was that my son is still fighting for his life but at the moment he is in a coma, and I can do nothing for him at the moment.
“But we have to see what’s happening in the next days, we pray for him and we give him the energy that we get from everyone else, from the whole South Africa maybe, that’s my feeling.”