Newly appointed Orlando Pirates assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi has vowed to give his all to the club and help the Soweto giants return to their former glory.
Pirates announced the appointment of Ncikazi to their technical staff most recently without specifying the position he will occupy.
But in an exclusive YouTube interview, the ‘Buccaneers’ confirmed that the former Golden Arrows mentor will serve as an assistant coach along with Fadlu Davids, to head coach Josef Zinnbauer.
“My name is Mandla Ncikazi, I am an assistant coach of Orlando Pirates. The expectations are bigger in this club. This is a club that is expected to win every match, to win every trophy,” said Ncikazi.
“I know the expectations here and I am just hoping that my little contribution can be enough to assist the club to be better. I don’t take it lightly that I am in a group of a galaxy of stars. I am trying to give my little into the club so that it can be better and reach the glory years that the club is known for.”
Ncikazi who has already met with the players and is part of the technical team preparing the team for the upcoming season went on to describe his philosophy as a coach.
“The approach for me, should be player-centred, what type of players are here, while we want to achieve, respect the qualities of the players, respect the background of the players and try and assist them in that regard,” he said.
“We cannot overlook that these are the players that are here and try and see them in any other form so for me that is big. And motivate the players. When you respect people, people respect you in return, that’s my philosophy.
“I am not coming into a club that has not done well, they won the MTN8, they won the Carling Cup, quarterfinals in two competitions,” concluded Ncikazi.
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By Tokelo Mokhesi