Ncikazi Apologises For Outburst

May 26, 2022

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has apologised for his outburst in a press conference after facing Simba SC in the CAF Confederation Cup.


Ncikazi had slammed the home side for the way they hosted Orlando Pirates ahead of their CAF Confed quarter-final in Tanzania.

He called the treatment by home side “in human” and questioned why an African team would treat an African opponent in that way.

Simba SC CEO Barbara Gonzalez was left furious be Ncikazi’s remarks and lodged an official complaint with the Confederation of African Football, however, CAF opted to only warn Ncikazi about his conduct and decided against a punishment.

As a consequence, the Bucs co-coach stated he accepts the warning and admits maybe the press conference wasn’t the right place to share his sentiments about Simba, but he didn’t retract from his statements.

“I think CAF understood what was in the letter of my response,” Ncikazi told local media.

“I apologised to CAF. Maybe my utterances were uttered on the wrong platform. We could have channelled the utterances differently.

“Maybe to say them in the way I did and in the platform that I used was not the correct one, and that was my apology but not for another incident that really takes place in Africa, there is no apology.

“But for what I said and the platform and the way I said that for that one, I apologise.”

Ncikazi and Pirates are back in action on Friday when they take on Royal AM, in what could be a decider for the CAF Champions League place. The Buccaneers need a win to keep their top-two hopes alive, while Thwili Thwala would secure second place and CAFCL with a victory themselves. A draw between the two side would see Cape Town City secure their CAFCL ticket for next season.

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