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Ncikazi Reacts To Nyauza Red, Praises Two Stars

Mandla Ncikazi has reacted to Orlando Pirates 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch on Saturday, praising Deon Hotto and Goodman Mosele for their performances.

The 52-year-old and Fadlu Davids took charge of Pirates on Saturday after Josef Zinnbauer resigned on Monday.

Pirates played Stellenbosch, the side they drew twice against last season, and collected another draw despite a first-half red card for Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

“I think Hotto for me was my Man of the Match, I’m not even sure who was the (official) Man of the Match, but today her performed above expectations,” Ncikazi told reporters.

“A great professional performance. Hotto gives us a different dimension but again the club is unfortunately in a position where we got lots of injuries in our main players.

“The depth and the wisdom of our team in having such a big pull of players allowed us to have these multi-functional players, where you play Hotto as a striker in the previous match, you can play him wide, depending on the formation, you can play him as a left-back.

“Today, the plan was that Hotto must give us that width but from deep and it was working well until that unfortunate incident of the red card.

“With Nyauza, I’m not sure, I haven’t seen the incident from where I was sitting.

“I’m not sure whether the red card was given for the elbow or for the stamping. If it was for the second, I don’t think it was deliberate. Maybe if he says it’s for the first one, then I’ll understand if it was the second, he was trying to put his foot down.

“I’m saying it as a Pirates coach, maybe the referee has got different eyes.”

Ncikazi also took some time to praise Goodman Mosele, who scored his first goal for the club.

“Mosele top. For a player coming from another club and getting into the starting line-up, not only the goal, the performance and the ability to attach into our tactical discipline and getting Man of the Match, for me I’m very proud of him.

“There is still more on him once he understands but he is a very good player and I’m happy he performed the way he performed today.”

(Story by @kappilinho)