The Orlando Pirates supporters needs answers when it comes to the 5-4 penalty shootout loss against RS Berkane at Uyo, Nigeria. It seems like there's not enough explanation that has gotten to the hearts of the Pirates supporters as they cannot believe that their favourite club has lost their third CAF final. This has to be something that's devastating, especially after they last won the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title about a decade ago. What matters the most for the Pirates fans seeing their club dominating the PSL and even the continental competitions. If something doesn't go well, then the technical team will have to explain themselves and put everything into perspective.
Now, the Buccaneers caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi has been tasked with a massive task of explaining the whole aftermath of the club's failure to win the CAF Confederation Cup title. Even though they were able to have better chances than Berkane at the Akpabio International Stadium, but they didn't punish the Moroccan giants. According to Ncikazi, what the Soweto giants lacked was infrastructure as he felt that they're still behind when compared to European teams. He stated that even though there's good players in the continent, but there still a long way to go. "There are good teams and players in Africa. What we lack is the infrastructure to be equated with Europeans. Being in Africa is not an advantage," said the former Golden Arrows mentor.
Also, Ncikazi that there's more to what meets the eye at Mayfair, and other African teams. As they're able to win trophies at youth level, but fail in senior competitions such as World Cups. "We can win youth tournaments but not the World Cup. This suggests that something is going wrong in between. Covid has also impacted football. For me, until we can reach a level where we can add infrastructure at youth level, we will struggle to compete," said Ncikazi speaking to the media.
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