Ex-Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has opened up on his decision to pick Fadlu Davids as his assistant at Lokomotiv Moscow.

However, the abovementioned clubs found their preferred coaches, and that left Davids with no coaching job for almost three months.

Now, the 41-year-old mentor has a chance to return to the dugout, and this time at a level much higher than that of the PSL.

In fact, Davids follows in the footsteps of Benni McCarthy as the only two South African-born coaches currently flying the country’s flag in Europe.

There are several other South African-born coaches such as Bradley Carnell (USA) and Pitso Mosimane (Saudi Arabia) currently working abroad.

“We’ve worked successfully together at Orlando Pirates and I needed a new assistant,” Zinnbauer told iDiski Times.

“We were looking for one and Fadlu was the best choice because we were successful in South Africa at Pirates. We understand each other blindfolded.”

“He thought about our offer, of course he is also at a stage where he wants to work as head coach, but I think he also appreciated working with me, he felt comfortable and I think that was the reason why he opted to say, yes.”

“Fadlu understands my philosophy and playing style and I’m hopeful we’ll work successfully together,” added Zinnbauer.


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