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Orlando Pirates Football Club Head Coach Josef Zinnbauer, has tendered his resignation. According to a release by the club, the German wants to go and be with his family.

Zinnbauer thanked the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza, the club and its supporters in his resignation statement. The sad part about African football is that it will not come as a shock if he is announced as a new head coach somewhere on the continent soon.

“I would like to thank the Chairman and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the Club has come to an end. I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters,” the man known as JZ in South African football scene is quoted as saying on Orlando Pirates’ official website.

It was an open secret that Zinnbauer was under the gun at Orlando Pirates, especially after the Buccaneers’ acrimonious exit from the CAF Confederations Cup. The MNT8 sinking at the hands of Swallows FC was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  

“I have spent the last two years away from my family and for this reason I have decided to hand in my resignation. I would like to wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.” Zinnbauer explained.

In the 68 matches that he was in charge, Zinnbauer oversaw 35 wins, 20 draws and 13 losses.