Ncikazi wants Chiefs to be respected

Premiership

Golden Arrows coach Mandla Ncikazi does not want to fall into the trap of thinking it will be easy to play against off-form Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Amakhosi have not started the season very well under new coach Gavin Hunt and have lost three games out of five, even conceding five goals in two matches against their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.

Ahead of their visit to Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium to face on-form Abafana Bes'thende, many are predicting that another upset may be on the cards for the Soweto giants.

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But Ncikazi is paying no attention to what has come before despite his side sitting higher than Chiefs in the table and in the form book.

"What looks obviously is not obvious, for me I see danger, Kaizer Chiefs is still a good team," Ncikazi told the media.

"This is the team that was leading with 13 points, same players, just the change of the coach. They have internationals in their team, your Lebogang Manyamas and Khama Billiats.

"I don't want to believe what we've seen at Chiefs will happen against us. I see danger and we must be careful as a team. Results might not come their way right now but they are still the best team."

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Amakhosi have also been hit by the blow of being unable to bring in new players due to their FIFA transfer ban, but Ncikazi plays down the fact.

"I don't want us to take Chiefs' situation as a disaster, there's no disaster there. There's still a good team. Other teams are worse off," the Arrows coach insisted.

"They don't need sympathy from me, they have good players, they have national team players. [Itumeleng] Khune is still in the national team, they have so many top players your [Daniel] Cardoso, [Daniel] Akpeyi and [Samir] Nurkovic even though he is out. And I'm happy he is not there.

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"I don't think we must look at Chiefs and feel sorry, maybe it's a transition from the change of coaches and soon Gavin Hunt will change the team and be very tough to beat. I just hope it doesn't start against us."

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