Ncikazi: I feel for these players


Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi said in reference to his team that he has never seen a team dominate so much and not score after the 1-1 draw with AmaZulu.

Deon Hotto gave Pirates the lead in the 29th minute before Tshepo Moremi's strike on the stroke of half-time would eventually see the sides share the spoils.

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"I feel for these players," Ncikazi told SuperSport TV.

"I wish I can take ownership for everything that's happening to them. When we play such good games but good games without points. The ball is just not landing in the net. That's why if anyone is to blame it's not the players. I will rather take the blame for such performances because I think they are doing everything in their power. It's just not happening. Second half total dominance. I think first half we were also the team. We maybe dropped back a bit after we scored. Mistake could have been avoided with the goal that we conceded. We've not been the team that is conceding. We have been the team that is not scoring.

"And I understand on behalf of the players when they play such good games. I've never seen a team dominate so much. It's not the only game. You can go back and count the matches where we have been this dominant but just one piece missing. Maybe it's a phase we must go through as a club. But we have to start scoring. When? I wish it could be soon."

Ncikazi was full of praise for Thembinkosi Lorch after he making his return from injury and his first appearance of the season when he came on with ten minutes to go.

"You could just see when he came in he's a special player," said Ncikazi. "I'm just happy he's back. His first game after a long time. There's no shop that sells quality. He's just top quality. I just hope we grow from this and be better."

The Bucs mentor then suggested his players are letting the pressure of finding the back of the net get to them and called for calmness.

"We have to start scoring. We have to work on it. We have to give the players the belief and the support. If they play like this coaches can't blame them. We just have to try help them and work on the deficiencies that we have in the attacking third. Take the opportunities. Be calm. And be composed. And dont have pressure. I feel there's a bit of pressure they have subconsciously which is resulting in what is happening right now," he concluded.

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