Ncikazi: Pirates not lucky with officiating


Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi says the Buccaneers side have often been on the wrong end of refereeing decisions this season.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half but Swallows were definitely on top in the second period and finished the game with 16 shots to Pirates' four.

However, Ncikazi still insisted that his side had the better chances on the day despite his goalkeeper Siyabonga Mponthane coming to the rescue for the Buccaneers on several occasions and the Birds guilty of wasting a number of chances.

"That becomes a problem in our game where we create the opportunities but the final pass or the shot, we don't score," Ncikazi told SuperSport TV.

"And it comes back to bite you. You give confidence to the opponents. If we had taken our chances early enough we wouldn't be in the situation that we are. But we played in patches today. I don't think we dominated throughout. There were moments where it was scary. Swallows were a bit dominant but enough chances to score. We just missed that final pass.

"And the refereeing doesn't help. Pirates have been subjected to this subjective officiating for quite some time. I can calculate from a number of matches. It's either it's closed or it doesn't fall for us. I hope it will change at some point. I'm not making excuses today. Not the best of games but again we had opportunities to win. Some decisions I think should have fell for us but it didn't happen.

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"Not only in this match as I'm saying. Even the best analysts when they analyse it's always bad for us or they won't show it at all. I just feel we not as lucky in terms of officiating. I can calculate from Kaizer Chiefs they got a penalty. We were supposed to get a penalty on the other side. You expect from the analyses from the best analysts you will see that. It doesn't even show. There's a penalty that we got through Peprah that we didn't get against AmaZulu. The list is endless and when you say this as a coach you sound like you are making excuses."

And Ncikazi feels that he and co-coach Fadlu Davids missed a trick by not making enough changes to the side from the win over TS Galaxy resulting in his side looking jaded in the second half.

"Today was not the best day. But based on the opportunities we created I would say we have a better advantage. Let's take the point and try be ready for Friday.

"The difference between Swallows it's maybe a stage where we need to refresh the team. I thought maybe we did not do much in that department. If you look at the changes they made and the changes we made, we did not change the team we played the previous match. But we are aware of it. We have to try. This schedule is very difficult to manage as a coach. You go for the continuity of a team that won previously or you just change when you're trying to refresh the team. And I don't think we did very well in that department," he said.

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