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Ncikazi On Pirates’ Late Win

Orlando Pirates co-caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi has commented on his side’s late win over Sekhukhune United.

The Buccaneers had to come from behind to secure an important three points at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

Ncikazi says he was happy with his side picking up three points, even though they once again made it hard for themselves by missing too many chances.

“Not a tough match, but we made it tough,” he said after the game.

“We made it tough, just take the chances Pirates. It’s not the only match, go to Maritzburg, better chances, we don’t take. Royal AM, better chances we don’t take them.

“Today again, I think the scoreline is not a true reflection of how much we could’ve scored. Based on the number of chances that we created, five, six clear chances (just) score.

“If we continue doing that than it affects the moral. But I’m just happy that we won today, coming from behind. From a give-away goal just like we did against Royal AM.

“But one difference is that today we did not panic, which is what we emphasized during half-time and why we didn’t make a personal change during half-time, because it gave them the belief that we’re not playing bad, it’s just that we’re not taking the chances that were coming our way.

“But when we could detect that there was no change in the first 10-15 minutes, then we went for a personnel change, which I thought did very well – all the subs that we brought on today. We never panicked, kept on playing, kept on pushing them back.

“I’m just happy with the three points today, how it came about is just three points. It gives us the moral going into the next matches. But still working in progress but Pirates must take the chances that they create. I don’t think there is a team that creates so many chances but doesn’t take them.”

The win saw Pirates jump to sixth spot in the DStv Premiership table after they played nine games – one ahead of rivals Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the Soweto derby.

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