'Too soon for Ncikazi to coach Pirates'


Ex-Orlando Pirates star Joseph 'Dukuduku' Makhanya believes the club is too big to be coached by Mandla Ncikazi.

Earlier this week, Golden Arrows announced that they had parted ways with the former Maritzburg United mentor, who has now been unveiled by the Sea Robbers.

Makhanya believes a club of Pirates stature is too big for Ncikazi and says the only position he may fit into is the one of being an assistant coach.

"I still felt he was right where he was [at Arrows], he was still finding himself," Makhanya tells KickOff.com.

"With the pressure that comes with coaching Pirates, I don't think he's the right man, but as long as he's got proper support, he can do well.

"He showed at Arrows that he's got the capabilities of being a good coach, but still I think it was too soon for him to leave them for Pirates. I think there's too much pressure there. 

"I feel he still needed to establish himself for three or four seasons before he could consider [coaching] teams like Pirates, because sometimes these teams can break you instead of build you. The pressure is too much."

The Buccaneers have not stipulated Ncikazi's exact position, simply stating that he has been added to the technical team, but this website understands that Steve Komphela could soon join as head coach to replace incumbent Josef Zinnbauer.

"For now, he [Ncikazi] can be an assistant and maybe the club find somebody who is stronger as a head coach. That's if Pirates are looking for a coach, because the current coach has not left yet," he adds.

"As much as you want to strengthen your technical team, the coaches need to have a similar style. They can't believe in different philosophies. 

"If you look at Fadlu [Davids], he's a firm believer of transitions like [Ernst] Middendorp, there will surely be a clash if you partner him with someone like, let's say, Dan Malesela. 

"But at the end of the day this is only my opinion. As an assistant at Pirates, I have no doubt he will have an impact, but as a head coach, I think his time is still coming."

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