Ncikazi – It’s Difficult To Play A Derby

Ngetelo Clifton Mabasa
December 14, 2021

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Soweto Derby, Orlando Pirates co-caretaker coach Mandla Ncikazi says the derby is difficult to play and he’s worried about the recovery of his players.

Ncikazi says they will be focused on extending their winning run when they visit their rivals, Swallows FC in the original Soweto Derby at Dobsonville.

The 52-year-old insisted that they know the Dube Birds are a difficult side to face, more especially after their recent coaching switch from Brandon Truter to Dylan Kerr.

Pirates are third on the DStv Premiership, 14 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and Ncikazi says their only focus is getting a win.

“It’s a tough schedule, it’s a tough match, it’s a derby, and it’s always difficult to play such matches,” Ncikazi told club’s media department.

“You (are) worried about the recovery of the players after such a short period, but I know it’s affecting all teams, the PSL is like that.

“Swallows are not an easy team, and it’s very difficult to prepare for them when they’ve changed their coaching.

“Like it has happened, you don’t know what to expect from Dylan Kerr. I’m sure he’s going to make some changes.

“But let’s impose our team as Pirates and adapt to what they are able to do to us, but it’s important that we get to the point.”

The match is penciled in for 19:30 at Dobsonville Stadium this evening.

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