Ncikazi admits to missing the club’s objectives and mandate

Mandla Ncikazi (left) and his Orlando Pirates co-coach, Fadlu Davids, have failed to meet expectations are the club.Photo by BackpagePix
Mandla Ncikazi (left) and his Orlando Pirates co-coach, Fadlu Davids, have failed to meet expectations are the club.Photo by BackpagePix

MANDLA Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids have failed Orlando Pirates!

And Pirates’ co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has admitted they failed to meet management’s mandate this season.

“We did not meet the mandate,” he said.

“It was not a successful season. But for any other club, especially a smaller club, what we have done was a good performance. But not for Pirates.

“We have not met the objectives. We know the mandate we were given at the beginning of the season. We have not met it.”

Pirates will finish their DStv Premiership season next Monday without silverware. The only thing left for them in their remaining two league games is to secure qualification to next season’s Caf Champions League.

Pirates failed to get silverware last Friday when they lost 5-4 to RS Berkane on penalties in the Caf Confederations Cup final.

It was their last opportunity of salvaging the season by getting a trophy.

Ncikazi made it clear that reaching the final and losing it is not enough at Pirates, you have to win trophies.

“If you are asking me, working at Pirates is about (winning) cups. The mandate is clear,” said Ncikazi after thumping Maritzburg United 4-1 in a league match at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Bucs co-coach also stressed that it would be crucial for them to win the remaining matches against Royal AM on Friday, and SuperSport United next Monday to finish in the top two.

Pirates are currently sixth with 43 points from 28 matches. If they win both remaining fixtures, they will end as runners up with 49 points, and a positive goal-difference separating from Cape Town City who are in second-place.

“I think now the (new) mandate is clear (finish in a Caf spot),” added Ncikazi.

“You do not want to highlight it. You do not want to exaggerate it and put it under the spotlight. But the truth is known by everybody we have an agenda in front of us that we have to fulfil. It’s the only mandate that we have (left).”

The top two teams in the league qualify for Caf Champions League, while the side finishing third plus Nedbank Cup finalists Marumo Gallants will represent Mzansi in the Caf Confed Cup.

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