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Ncikazi Reacts To Pirates Draw

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has reacted to his side’s goalless draw with Marumo Gallants on Tuesday.

Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids are still trusted on the sidelines after Josef Zinnbauer resigned last week.

The duo saw their side draw 0-0 with Gallants, collecting their second draw of the campaign.

“I’m disappointed with the result, I thought we’d get the points,” he said on SuperSport TV.

“In the beginning of the season, you still have to catch the rhythm of the team. I never thought they would play as low, it suited their game.

“If we’re going to win matches, we need to be ruthless, we need to take our chances. We won’t create a lot of chances when a team plays like that. I thought first half had one and a half chance, which we did not take.

“I thought we’ll take a few from set-plays, maybe the delivery not in the right place and the aggression in the penalty area.

“It’s work in progress. I’m disappointed, but I see the improvement a bit in the confidence of the team, how they played and rotated the ball. But the result is not what we expected.”

Ncikazi also explained the changes of the Pirates coaches during half-time when Terrence Dzukamanja replacing Gabbadinho Mhango at the break.

“Based on the opponents were playing, we had to try and impose a bit on our match. We changed the formational that we started with and personal on top,” he added.

“I thought the changes had the effect, sometimes we lose the ball in areas where we need to be patient and sometimes the wrong pass, the wrong decision, the timing is not right in the final third.

“There is progress, there is confidence, which is important to me in us keeping the ball and trying to impose our match.”