Orlando Pirates Belong In The Caf Champions League, Says NcikaziOrlando Pirates Belong In The Caf Champions League, Says Ncikazi

Orlando Pirates Belong In The Caf Champions League, Says Ncikazi

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Mandla Ncikazi, the head coach of Orlando Pirates, is adamant that the team should strive to be regular participants in the Caf Champions League and that winning silverware should be a standard for the Sea Robbers.

Although Pirates have already won the MTN8, they are only in the Round of 16 in the Nedbank Cup.

Nonetheless, the team is currently pushing hard for a place in the Caf Champions League.

Ncikazi maintains that it is crucial for the team to consistently deliver top-level performances if they are to achieve their goals.

Following their 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United on Friday, Mandla Ncikazi, the assistant coach of Orlando Pirates, shared the team’s domestic and continental aspirations.

The 54-year-old coach emphasized that the Sea Robbers should be among the best teams in Africa and regularly winning silverware.

Orlando Pirates Belong In The Caf Champions League, Says Ncikazi
Orlando Pirates Belong In The Caf Champions League, Says Ncikazi

However, he also emphasized the importance of grinding out results in every match in order to achieve these lofty goals.

According to Ncikazi, Orlando Pirates must return to their rightful place in the Caf Champions League and resume their winning ways in order to claim silverware.

In a statement to the media, he emphasized that this is the challenge that the team is currently working to overcome.

Despite dealing with injuries, Ncikazi is determined that the team must focus on winning every game, which will ultimately lead them to the place they aim to be.

Ncikazi expressed confidence that Orlando Pirates will become even stronger with the return of key players from injuries, such as Thembinkosi Lorch, and the opportunity for new players to step up.

“I believe that we are a team that will continue to improve and get better,” he said.

“With the return of a number of players, including Lorch, the emergence of Souaibou Marou and Makhehlene Makhaula, and the recovery of Olisa Ndah and Nkosinathi Sibisi, who were both out with injuries, we have even more quality coming through the ranks.”

“This suggests that Orlando Pirates will only get better when we have our full squad at our disposal, which is a positive development.”

Orlando Pirates secured a vital 2-1 win against Maritzburg United on Friday, strengthening their push for a Champions League spot.

In the match, Makhehlene Makhaula made his full debut for the club, having recently joined from AmaZulu, while Souaibou Marou was a late substitute.

This season, the Sea Robbers have already won the MTN8 and are currently in contention for the Nedbank Cup title.

Looking ahead, Pirates are preparing for the highly-anticipated Soweto Derby next weekend.

The team is aiming to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered in their first Premier Soccer League meeting against their rivals.



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