Ncikazi: Ofori made no mistakes

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Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi denies that goalkeeper Richard Ofori was at fault as his side were held to a 2-2 draw by Stellenbosch FC in their DStv Premiership opener at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

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Pirates dropped two valuable points at home with Ofori's performances coming under heavy scrutiny after high-profile mistakes in the MTN8.

The Buccaneers, in the end, did well to salvage a point after defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza was shown an early red card.

Ncikazi, in his first game in charge as interim coach since the resignation of Josef Zinnbauer, defended Ofori's performance.

"I thought today, he didn't make mistakes," Ncikazi said post-match.

"The second goal I wouldn't portion the blame to him and remember that the header bounced in front of him before and it was played into the far corner.

"In fact, our defensive structure allowed the half cross to come in. There were three defenders and just one attacker. We failed to deal with one attacker when there are three defenders.

"I think it was not his fault in this match. Maybe our defensive structure in that sense was not proper.

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"Having said that, Ofori is back. I thought today he performed well. I didn't see a lot of errors.

"Maybe I look at it in the eyes of being a coach and being with him in the club, but I don't blame him today," Ncikazi added.

Pirates next travel to Chippa United in a DStv Premiership encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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