Ncikazi: The Mandate Is Clear At Pirates

Lorenz Kohler
May 25, 2022

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has opened up on the clear mandate the technical team received at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

Pirates responded emphatically to their CAF Confederation Cup final defeat to RS Berkane, in which they lost out on penalties 5-4 after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time with an impressive win over Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The 4-1 victory over the Team of Choice puts them in a position to still secure qualification to the 2022/23 CAF Champions League campaign, should they beat Royal AM and SuperSport United in their final two DStv Premiership fixtures.

And Ncikazi admits it’s something that was made clear before the start of the campaign as one of the priority targets for the Buccaneers.

“I think the mandate is clear, you don’t want to highlight it, you don’t want to exaggerate it, put it under the spotlight but the truth is known by everybody,” Ncikazi said in response to veteran journalist Mark Gleeson in the post-match press conference.

“We have an agenda in front of us that we need to fulfil, the only mandate we have without making a lot of noise around it.”

He went on to reiterate to Tiisetso Malepa from TimesLive, why it’s important for the club to be featured in Africa’s elite club competition, stating it’s important that it’s been given by the hierarchy of the Soweto giants.

“It’s important for Pirates. Pirates belong there, anything less than that you have failed in one of the objectives you are given and one mandate is Pirates playing back in the CAF Champions League and until you meet that you haven’t met the objectives that the club requires you from you,” Ncikazi continued.

“That’s all we’re going trying to do, if we have not met them, we have failed in one of the objectives required in this season.”

Pirates face Royal AM on Friday evening at Chatsworth Stadium before facing Matsatsansa three days later for their season finale.

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