After a very successful season by the team’s standards, Golden Arrows coach Mandla Ncikazi has reflected on the good and bad for his side.
Abafana Bes’thende ended the 2020/21 Dstv Premiership season in fourth place with 47 points, after they drew 0-0 against Stellenbosch FC at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.
The 52-year-old sounded like someone who is bidding farewell to the team, with his gratitude to everyone he worked with in the club.
“I’m proud of the technical team, that has assisted the team and finally I’m just thankful to the chairlady for giving me an opportunity,” he said.
“With all the history that was there and she took the risk of giving R100 million to a person like me. I just hope a bit of happiness is in her face and she can smile for what the players have done while I was here.
“Thank you to everybody at the club, thank you to the ladies in the office, thank you to Nonceba (Madlala) for running up and down and thank you to our loyal supporters,” said Ncikazi.
It would seem the coach was also eyeing third spot and qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.
“I’m disappointed that we were on the verge of going to Africa with the group.
“But I’m still proud, if you were to say beginning of the season that we’d be where we are currently, I’d be the proudest man. So I don’t want to change the focus and change the objectives, just because now we are here, still proud of this group.
“I just hope all of them spend the little time they have with their families and be safe from everything that is happening,” continued Ncikazi.
The former Maritzburg United coach also reflected on the players who have been called to represent the national teams.
“I’m happy that Sifiso (Mlungwana) has a potential of making the Olympics team, happy that (Nkosinathi) Sibisi is in the Bafana team.
“I’m happy that a lot of records have been broken this season, by these players. There is so much good that has happened.
“I’m proud of the technical team, that has assisted the team and finally I’m just thankful to the chairlady for giving me an opportunity,” concluded Ncikazi.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter