Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer dedicates MTN 8 title to his son

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Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has dedicated the club’s MTN8 title to his son Fabio, who continues to fight for his life in Germany.

PIRATES WON THEIR 10TH MTN 8 TITLE

The Buccaneers beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium to win their 10th MTN 8 title in the tournament which was first contested back in 1972.

Fabio Zinnbauer’s recovery from a horrific car accident has been well documented since his father abruptly left South Africa after the MTN8 semi-final first leg against Kaizer Chiefs back in October.

Josef Zinnbauer returned to lead Pirates into the MTN 8 final with a second-leg victory over their Soweto rivals and over the weekend delivered the club’s first trophy in six years.

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Post-match, Zinnbauer expressed his delight at the achievement, but also spared a thought for his 24-year-old son who remains in a stable condition in a coma. 

“I have to say, for me personally, this is a title for my son Fabio. It is a difficult time for my whole family and I came back to Africa, so personally this for me is for my son. I hope we get him back,” said Zinnbauer.

“You know the private things are private, I hope you understand this, but I can say that Fabio is [still] in a coma, he’s better than before in [the fight for his] life.

“This is important for us, the next weeks and months, we have to wait and see what happens.

“At the end of the day, I think we deserved to win and we earned this title. I’m happy for the supporters, the club, the squad, and thank you for the team, who made a very good job.”

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