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“I wish we continued with the same team that played first half,” said Pirates coach


Orlando Pirates interim co-coach Mandle Ncikazi has shared his disappointment towards his players for letting go of maximum points in their DStv Premiership clash against Cape Town City on Saturday afternoon. As he felt that City’s dangerman Terrence Mashego was a massive threat to Pirates defenders in the second half as he was constantly attacking. Even though they were able to keep him silent in the first half, but Ncikazi wasn’t pleased with how everything went in the second half. As he felt that his charges dropped the ball and they will have to learn from such situations. “I thought we kept him [Terrence Mashego] quiet a bit first-half but the second half, not the same team, just disappointment is on that. I wish we continued with the same team that played the first half. But it’s work in progress, let’s use the first half as a measure of our team going forward,” said Ncikazi talking to the media.

The Buccaneers played into a 1-1 draw against the Citizens at Cape Town Stadium. The Pirates goal was scored by Happy Jele through a half header. The skipper thought that was enough to make them walk away with three points. Unfortunately, City had to ruin their wishes by equalizing in the hands of Mduduzi Mdantsane. This was an open game, which meant any team out of the two could have won the league encounter and move way up in the log standings.

Furthermore, the former Golden Arrows head coach stated that it will always come with great expectations when you’re part of a massive club like the Buccaneers. What they’re expected to do is to win every match in the DStv Premiership, which will take some time to master. Ncikazi felt that his squad will need to come out quickly of their hole and pose as threats to their opponents then end up winning trophies. Ncikazi felt that his squad will need to learn quickly from their mistakes and get the job done. “Pirates must win all matches, that’s the expectation, I’m just disappointed we did not do what we planned, we’re far off the objectives that we made for ourselves but it’s a lesson, it’s not a loss… Let’s learn quickly though, let’s not be slow learners and try to change the result. This team deserves more than what we’re giving,” said Ncikazi talking to the media.

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Date: 03/10/2021

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