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Ncikazi On Mako And Dirty Simba Tricks In Tanzania

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has provided an update on Paseka Mako and opened up on the ‘unfair’ treatment they have received in Tanzania ahead of facing Simba SC.

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Mako was hospitalised in mid-week after suffering a fracture to his nose and face after a collision with goalkeeper Richard Ofori in their 0-0 draw with Baroka.

The left-back was unconscious on the field at one point before being rushed to hospital for medical care and Ncikazi has confirmed he’s recovering and will return to the squad in due course.

“God being good, Mako is conscious, he’s recovering and still in hospital for further tests but his health is improving, he’s okay and will be back in the team,” he said ahead of their first leg quarter-final against Simba on Sunday.

“He’s not part of the squad that’s there for safety reasons but we’re just grateful that his life was saved.”

When asked about allegedly only receiving one motorbike for a convoy to manoeuvre within the busy streets of Dar es Salaam this week Ncikazi said it was unfortunate, but said Simba won’t be subjected to similar treatment in South Africa.

“Sometimes in African competitions, as I said before, you expect the unexpected, I wouldn’t have thought if opponents come to South Africa we’d give them one bike to escort as it happened with us so we got stuck along the way.

“I think this happened deliberately with us so we can take us off track – it’s happened before, Pirates have been involved in these competitions.

“But I can guarantee you when they come to South Africa, we will give them the best treatment, that’s the country we are and that’s the image we want to portray.

“Our chairman is like that, whether they treat us badly, we’ll still treat them with dignity because they are our fellow Africans but it doesn’t happen in these countries which is unfair – but in the field of play we have control and will give our best.”

Mako’s injury and Olisa Ndah (illness) appear to be the only absentees for the Sea Robbers when they face the Liga Kuu Bara giants at the iconic Benjamin Mkapa Stadium today.

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Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.