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Tso Questions Ncikazi & Davids

Orlando Pirates legend Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi has questioned whether Mandla Ncikazi or Fadlu Davids would be ready to coach a club of Pirates caliber.

The former midfielder who now works as an iDiskiTv analyst has discussed whether Mandla Ncikazi and/or Fadlu Davids could take over after Josef Zinnbauer resigned on Monday.

However, Tso has expressed his reservations whether the duo are the right coaches for what is needed at the club, even though he expects them to take charge.

“My questions is about the timing, the timing for them,” he told this publication.

“Because Mandla Ncikazi just came in now during the pre-season. But for some of us, I knew it was going to happen. When I saw Mandla Ncikazi coming, I knew that Zinnbauer was going to leave.

“I don’t know whether these guys (are ready). Mandla Ncikazi, I’m not too sure. I’m not really sure whether he can carry that team. 

“Pirates is a big team, there is a history in that team. There are a lot of dynamics that you need to deal with at Pirates. I’m not sure that he is ready now. 

“But because he is there and because Fadlu Davids is there, they’ll likely carry on as maybe interim coaches. I think that’s what will happen. They will proceed with the two coaches.

Tso also insisted that the club should focus all their energies on getting the right head coach in ahead of next season, because any new coach will struggle now after joining the club at the end of pre-season and with the club’s transfer business seemingly been done.

“For now, I’ll say let them finish this season. They must plan for next season who is going to be the head coach of Pirates,” he added.

“It’s not going to be fair for any coach who is going to become the head coach of Orlando Pirates now because whoever comes now didn’t do pre-season with the team.

“Pirates have signed certain players, lost certain players, he (the new coach) didn’t have time to see those players.

“It’s a very crucial one for whoever is going to be approached by Pirates to come and coach Pirates now. But obviously if Pirates come knocking you can’t say no as a coach.”