Pirates urged to snap up in-demand Benni


Orlando Pirates have been advised to replace Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids next season for the sake of progress at the club with the in-demand Benni McCarthy.

Under Ncikazi and Davids, Pirates' report card shows that they will not improve on last season’s points tally of 50 in the league.

While also crashing out of the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, with their last shot at a trophy being in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Ncikazi and Davids took over from Josef Zinnbauer straight after the club was knocked out of the MTN8 ahead of the start of the new season.

"Even though we know that Pirates will qualify for the final of the Confederation Cup I don’t see those two coaches staying next season," says former Pirates striker Andries ‘Local is Lekker’ Sebola.

"Those two must not be kept as head coaches because at Pirates we don’t want to be associated with being second best.

"Pirates must be for the best and that means being first and winning trophies.

"Sundowns cannot keep on dominating like this while we just watch like that just because of the issue of coaches at Pirates.

"Why should we be losing to TS Galaxy when we say we have coaches at Pirates and are a club that wants to go back to the Champions League and not Confederation Cup?

"The only thing that management must do is look for a new coach next season," Sebola added.

"Look for someone who is not coming from South Africa. Otherwise, if it is a local guy then let it be Benni McCarthy who I prefer based on that he did well with AmaZulu last season.

"It is only this season that things didn’t go well for him at AmaZulu. So, if they are to opt for a local coach then it has to be Benni because he is the only local coach available for that job.

"If not then they should bring someone who is not known here but will be able to change the direction and bring back Pirates’ style of play which has changed.

"We need trophies next season instead of always changing the team every week," says Sebola.

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