* All datasets take into account coaches from 2006 to 2020.
Josef Zinnbauer will be hungry to earn back Orlando Pirates’ Soweto bragging rights as he faces Kaizer Chiefs for the first time on Saturday.
After six straight league wins, Pirates suddenly find themselves in with an outside chance in the PSL title race. As the fixture list enters its closing stages, there is no room for error — especially not in the six-pointer against league leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Recent history suggests that faring well from the onset in Soweto derbies is a sign that an Orlando Pirates coach is on course for silverware.
Bucs have won seven major trophies since 2003, shared between four different coaches. Of those, three won the Soweto derby on their first attempt after taking charge — Ruud Krol, Júlio César Leal, and Augusto Palacios.
Vladimir Vermezović is the only Orlando Pirates coach during that time to lift silverware, the 2014 Nedbank Cup, after losing his first derby at the helm. He and Rhulani Mokwena are the only two Pirates coaches in the last 14 years to lose their first two competitive Soweto Derbies. Neither lasted long after the second defeat.
First Soweto derby in charge for Orlando Pirates coaches
|Coach||First derby result first spell|
|Milutin Sredojevic (2006)||1-1 Draw|
|Bibey Mutombo||1-1 Draw|
|Owen da Gama||2-2 Draw|
|Ruud Krol||2-0 Win|
|Julio Leal||1-0 Win (AET)|
|Augusto Palacios||3-2 Win|
|Roger de Sa||1-1 Draw|
|Vladimir Vermezovic||1-0 Loss|
|Eric Tinkler||2-0 Loss|
|Muhsin Ertugral||0-0 Draw|
|Kjell Jonevret||1-1 Draw|
|Milutin Sredojevic (2017)||0-0 Draw|
|Rhulani Mokwena||Penalty Shootout Loss after 2-2 Draw|
How many days coaches last after their first derby
Overall record of Orlando Pirates coaches vs Kaizer Chiefs
Leonard Solms is a freelance South African multi-sport journalist who has written for a number of regional, national and international newspapers and websites. He won a Rhodes-Investec Top 100 Award in 2018, the year in which he completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University.