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Ncikazi – Why I Switched To Pirates

New Orlando Pirates assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi has finally given some insight on why he opted to leave his head coach role at Golden Arrows to join Orlando Pirates.

The 52-year-old joined Pirates’ technical team to be one of the two assistants of Josef Zinnbauer, alongside Fadlu Davids.

He left his role as head coach at Arrows after leading them into fourth place in the DStv Premiership to work at Orlando Stadium, saying he wanted to see if he can contribute as much at the Buccaneers.

“The reasons leaving Arrows for Pirates… When I left, I had a good discussion with our chair lady at Arrows that maybe we should keep it private,” he told Thomas Mlambo on the Ultimate Sport Show.

“But I had a good time at Arrows, no regrets. I’ve grown in the club and I really appreciate the opportunity that they gave me.

“Unfortunately in the nature of football, without divulging too much, sometimes we have to move on and move to other territories (to see) whether we can still contribute in the same way.

“I’m happy to be at Pirates. I’ll try and give my contribution as much as I can to the best of my abilities.”

Ncikazi also explained that he didn’t imagine Pirates being such a “big club” and that the fans deserve more silverware.

“I’ve never been in a scenario where the brand is this big. At Pirates, I always hear people saying it is a big club and I’ve always assumed but now I’ve got a real feel,” he added.

“Big club, great preparations, big setup, professionalism.

“My fear (is) when people give resources the way Pirates have done, the biggest input, the bigger the resources they are provided with, the bigger the expectations and we have to try to perform better. 

“We have to give more than what we have given previously. This club deserves more than what we have achieved.”

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