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Ncikazi – A Lesson Learned & A Proud Moment For SA

Orlando Pirates co-caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi has praised the recent achievement of all four teams in the CAF competitions before revealing what he learned in the CAF Confederations Cup.

The 52-year-old saw his side beat Diables Noirs 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a solitary goal by Happy Jele in the second leg.

But it wasn’t just Pirates who went through, as all four South African teams made it to the next round and Ncikazi thinks it’s a moment to celebrate for Mzansi.

“It’s a good sign for South African football, one can only be proud to be South African,” he told reporters.

“From Marumo Gallants, AmaZulu, Pirates now and I hope Sundowns did it, I don’t have the outcome now.

“But this is the direction our football is taking, it gives comfort, but mainly I’m happy that Pirates are through into the next phase.”

Ncikazi also explained that he learned how African football differs from PSL football, insisting his side will only take it one game at a time.

“We can only take one match at a time, we had to go through this match,” he added.

“We’re going to the next phase and we try and win the match, so that we can go into the group stages. That’s the challenge we have and we’re willing and prepared to do that. 

“That’s all we can do, just prepare for the next match, take one game at a time, try and improve the team, try and improve our football and be prepared.

“You must be aware that African football and PSL football are two different situations, those that are lessons, especially for me who is new in such a setup that I’m learning. 

“The teams are not the same at home and away from home and all other elements that we are in for. We are prepared going into the next phase and let’s see what happens there.”

Pirates return to action on Thursday, 28 October when they will face Royal AM in the DStv Premiership.
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