Ncikazi praises free-scoring Shandu

CAF Confederation Cup

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has lauded Bandile Shandu's remarkable form after the defender climbed to the top of the CAF Confederation Cup goalscoring charts.

The Buccaneers climbed to the top of the Group B standings in the CAF Confederation Cup after recording a comprehensive 6-2 come-from-behind win over eSwatini's Royal Leopards away from home.

Among Pirates' key performers on the night was right-back Bandile Shandu who continued his remarkable goalscoring form by netting the equalising goal after the hosts had taken a two-goal lead.

Shandu's effort was his fourth goal in three appearances in the competition this season and saw him climb to the top of the goalscoring charts, ahead of USGN's Victorien Adebayor and RS Berkane's Charki El Bahri.

Following the match, Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi praised the 27-year-old for his attacking contributions on the continent and revealed that he and his coaching staff were proud of his performances so far.

"Shandu has been doing well. For a player who is playing in the position that he plays in to have scored so many goals, he's in a good space. I just hope he continues doing that," Ncikazi said during his post-match press conference.

"It's important now going into the next matches [to consider] when to rotate and when to continue to playing him, and we have to manage that, but Shandu has been doing really well and we are proud of him."

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