Chabalala Not Impressed With Pirates Coaching Situation

Ngetelo Clifton Mabasa
January 18, 2022

Former Orlando Pirates captain Tonic Chabalala says the strategy of having the duo of Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids as co-coaches creates division among the players.

The two mentors took over as a co-caretaker coaches after the departure of German coach, Josef Zinnbauer before the start of this current campaign.

Since the duo took the reins, the Buccaneers haven’t made any further announcement on the coaching situation keeping Davids and Ncikazi on the sidelines, but Chabalala doesn’t believe it’s the right solution for the club.

“We understand it’s a football, it changes, but I don’t think it will work with two coaches because each coach has his players who he understands well,” Chabalala told iDiski Times.

“Having two coaches develops the division among the players, let’s say this week it’s Fadlu who is in charge, he will obviously field his players.

“There are players like Kwanda Mngonyama and Bandile Shandu and all these players, but I don’t know, maybe it’s because Fadlu knows them from Maritzburg.

“Despite the team winning the last game, they will change the line-up the following week. Yes, we know you can change, but not every week, even [when] the team is winning.

“I don’t have a concern in who must play or not, but at least there must be a team, a first eleven with players who we know they will deliver.”

Tshabalala also shared his views on why he thinks the team is under-performing despite being second on the league’s table, saying there is no consistency from both players and coaches.

“In my opinion there is no consistency, I’m always saying this one thing, there is no team that can win if there’s no foundation, if you can look, week in week out they change starting line-ups,” said the club’s disappointed former captain.

“If you can check at Mamelodi Sundowns, they do change but bit by bit, they know their first eleven even though other players do well They change a team slowly, but at Pirates there’s nothing like that.

“At Pirates you will see the new back-four this week, the following week you see different strikers, so you end up not knowing what’s the problem. And if it’s about building, it will take time for the team to come together.”

Story by Mabasa Clifton (@MabasaC10).

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