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Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer gives update on training in quarantine

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer gives update on training in quarantine

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has revealed details of how his players are keeping fit amidst the Coronavirus lockdown in South Africa.

The 50-year-old says the technical staff is doing all it can to help the players maintain their physical shape so that they will be ready when the season resumes.

“We rely a lot on online technology to carry out our daily sessions with the players,” Zinnbauer said in a video posted on the club’s Facebook page.

“Conditioning training and running programmes, ball-mastery sessions, team playing unit and we have had individual meetings to discuss the tactical elements of our game model.”

The German adds, “We have been cooking together, playing board games and we do what we can to keep our team socially connected.”

Zinnbauer revealed that external trainers have been engaged to help prepare to return to the field in good physical condition.

“We have also been working with different external coaches to assist the team in preparation for our return to the field.

“The players are working hard and we’re looking forward to being back on the field soon.”

The Buccaneers are currently sitting in fourth position with 40 points, eight behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs who have 48 points.

The PSL has been suspended since the second week of March due to the Coronavirus outbreak which has caused devastation across the globe.

Orlando Pirates recently announced that midfielder Ben Motshwari tested positive for COVID-19.

“Ben was presented with flu like symptoms and after undergoing tests, his results came back positive,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“The player is asymptomatic and is currently in-home isolation for the next 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared.”

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