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MTN 8 | Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer mentions 2 players for special praise

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has hailed the performances of two of his players in particular after the Soweto giants won the 2020 MTN 8 title on Saturday.

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Zinnbauer singled out Thembinkosi Lorch and Ben Motshwari for praise after the Buccaneers beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at the Moses Mabhidda Stadium in Durban.

Lorch replaced an injured Thabang Monare in the first half and went on to score the winning goal from the penalty spot as Pirates claimed their 10th MTN 8 title.

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“I think difficult game. It’s not easy when you concede in the second minute or first minute but we came back quickly.

“We had a good first half, had chances. Second half we were in control, then you saw Lorch, Ben, were top today, it was a team effort today,” a delighted Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV post-match.

“Then we scored a second goal and we defended which is normal, but also we had a lot of counter-attacks. We had a little bit of luck in the last minute, Ofori made a good save. It was a good game. We have a title. Thank you to the chairman, thank you to Irvin, Phumi, Floyd. Thank you to the team. We had a lot of different games and today we deserved to win this game.

“Monare is an experienced player and we wanted his experience. Lorch came in and brought more offence in to the game. I hope Monare doesn’t have such a serious problem with his knee,” Zinnbauer added.

PIRATES NEXT IN ACTION NEXT WEDNESDAY

With the MTN 8 title in the bag, Pirates will next be in action in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday, December 16 against Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium.

Pirates are currently in fourth place in the standings after six matches, four points behind log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

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