Mandla Ncikazi has finally broken his silence on his role at Orlando Pirates, confirming he will work as assistant.
The former Golden Arrows coach joined the Buccaneers last month, with the club announcing he will be part of the technical team without specifying his role.
Administrative officer Floyd Mbele had already confirmed that Ncikazi will work as one of the club’s two assistants to Joseph Zinnbauer alongside Fadlu Davids.
Ncikazi has now for a first time himself spoken about his new role.
“I’m working with the technical team of the club, trying to find small edges, small advantages that we can take so that it can give us win,” he told Pirates TV.
“I’m not coming into a club that has not done well, they won the MTN8, they won the Carling Cup and (reached) the quarter-finals in two competitions. How can I add to what is there already, without removing what is already there?
“I must also acknowledge and be grateful to the big family of Orlando Pirates, to the chairperson of the club, who I have a lot of respect for. The supporters, the players, everyone involved with Orlando Pirates for identifying me as a candidate that can assist with such a big brand.
“Blessings as they are, they also go with burdens. The expectations are bigger at this club, this is a club that is expected to win every match and to win every trophy. I know the expectations are here and I am hoping that my little contributions can be enough to assist this club to be better.
“My name is Mandla Ncikazi, I’m an assistant coach of Orlando Pirates.”