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What Mandla Ncikazi has to say to Hugo Broos

Mandla Ncikazi has broken the silence between what happened between Rhulani Mokwena and Hugo Broos.

Mandla Ncikazi, the Orlando Pirates' co-interim head coach, claims there is a communication breakdown between the PSL coaches and the Bafana Bafana technical team.

This comes after Vincent Pule sustained an injury while on national duty for South Africa ahead of their two 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers matches against Ethiopia earlier this month, and the Pirates winger has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks.

Tshegofatso Mabasa was pulled by Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos barely 35 minutes into their debut encounter against Ethiopia at Bahir Dar, believing the Pirates striker was unproductive, and he has since struggled to produce goals for the Soweto giants.

After several Masandawana players were injured while in the Bafana camp, Ncikazi has joined Rhulani Mokwena in questioning Broos.

"I don't want to repeat what other coaches have said about the issue of communication with PSL coaches and the national team," Ncikazi told the media. "But the fact that problems that other clubs have mentioned are also happening at our club just shows you that things are not done correctly."

"Let me give you an example of a previous coach with whom I worked. He came to witness our team's training session, so I got to meet him in person. He spoke with the technical team about the situation, and he told the players about his expectations.

"I would have anticipated the same thing to happen again, but for some reason, it has never happened." It becomes quite difficult to interact with some members; I have attempted to do so, but it should not be done in this manner.

"A coach from one club should not try to communicate with the national coach in isolation since the framework must inform what the national coach expects from coaches."

Ncikazi, who is working alongside fellow Pirates co-interim head coach Fadlu Davids, underlined the importance of a common understanding between Bafana and PSL clubs in order to avoid injuries among players.

"It's an area that needs to be straightened out because it will reduce the problems we're having now with player injuries," he added.

"For example, if we had a loading session today and one of our players was selected for the national team tomorrow and they have a loading session scheduled for tomorrow, there is a chance of injury."

"Better understanding and communication between the two parties will benefit the national team as well as the clubs, ensuring that our players are still relevant to the team when they return from the national team." That, I believe, is critical, but it isn't occurring right now."

On Sunday, Pirates will meet Congo-Diables Brazzaville's Noirs in the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup first round.

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