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Opinion: Pirates coach urges Broos to learn from Baxter?

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has come up with a counter argument to a belief held by Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos.

Broos is of the opinion that Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs, especially the big ones, are working against the national team, in so far as releasing players is concerned.

The Belgian was up in arms in the previous international break, criticising Goodman Mosele and his club Pirates, as the former Baroka midfielder withdrew from Bafana camp shortly after arriving, with the Soweto giants not informing Broos or the South African Football Association (SAFA) about Mosele's whereabouts.

The former Cameroon national team coach went on to criticize Mamelodi Sundowns for organising vaccination for Thabiso Kutumela, who was called up to the national team, before he could arrive in camp, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup back-to-back qualifiers against Ethiopia.

The war of words continued after the FIFA break, as Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena accused Bafana of overloading players, as some of them returned to the Tshwane side injured or fatigued ahead of their CAF Champions League second preliminary round against Maniema Union. 

Now Ncikazi has come out to defend Pirates and other clubs in the PSL, saying the problem does not lie with clubs but the issue is the miscommunication or no communication at all between Broos and PSL coaches.

The former Golden Arrows coach recalled that a previous coach with Bafana, always communicated with all PSL clubs, something that has eluded Broos since being appointed. 

The previous national team coach, who kept in touch with PSL coaches could be Stuart Baxter, as his assistant coach Molefi Ntseki succeeded him after he resigned foĺlowing a quarter-final exit in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. 

Ntseki could have continued with the courtesy of liaising with the PSL coaches before he was also fired and replaced officially by Broos.

"I’ll give you an example of the previous coach where I was. I met him personally because he came to training to watch our team training session. He discussed things with the technical team and he addressed the players on his expectations," Ncikazi was quoted as saying by Sowetanlive.

“I would have expected that the same will continue, but to be honest it has never happened for whatever reason. It becomes very difficult, I have tried to communicate with some members but it should not be done that way.

“It should not be in isolation where a coach from one club must try and connect with the national coach because the structure must inform what are the expectations of the national coach from coaches," he said.

Does Broos have to communicate with all PSL coaches, like the likes of Baxter could have done or people are entitled to have different styles of management? 

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