Ncikazi: We are expecting too much too soon


Mandla Ncikazi has guarded against rushing expectations at Orlando Pirates ahead of the latest edition of the Soweto derby on Saturday at the FNB Stadium.

Pirates have started worse off than they were at this stage last season under Josef Zinnbauer with three wins, five draws and one defeat for a total of 12 points from nine games.

Ncikazi believes the fact that they won at home to Sekhukhune United in midweek while Kaizer Chiefs lost to Stellenbosch will count for nothing in the derby.

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"Your strength can be your weakness. We don’t want to fall into the fallacy of thinking because we won the previous match then it gives us the right to win the next one,” says Ncikazi who is a co-coach at Pirates.

"Derbies have no history. Derbies have no form. It is just about how prepared you are on the day and how players execute whatever bas been planned at training. It is a game where you must make fewer mistakes and I am just praying that we make fewer mistakes and use the opportunities that we get because there might not be many. We create better opportunities, but we are just not ruthless in front of goal.

"I understand that it is a process and a change of personnel and structure of how we play is maybe not similar from our previous colleague so that takes time. So that takes time and maybe we are expecting too much too soon. I know that at Orlando Pirates you must play to win even in a friendly match. We will try and adapt to that, and I am hoping it comes to fruition soon," says Ncikazi whose attack is yet to deliver on the goals.

"As a coach, you must think on yourself and instead of complaining be looking for solutions on the available players. If it means we go for (Boitumelo) Radiopane who is doing well in the MDC so be it. (Kwame) Peprah is still adapting because the South African game needs adaptation.

"Mabasa (Tshegofatso) I felt the circumstances that happened previously (in the national team) affected him because he is a confidence player, and we have a responsibility to bring his confidence up and I am hoping this happens soon. Anybody should score," says Ncikazi.

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