Ncikazi content with Arrows progress ahead of Pirates clash


Mandla Ncikazi is in high spirit and keen to paint a beautiful picture of his own as their DStv Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates looms large in front of him.

Golden Arrows played with a potent mixture of confidence, discipline and panache to secure a win from behind against Maritzburg United in the KwaZulu-Natal derby over the weekend, with a 2-1 final score.

Ncikazi insists their victory over the Team of Choice will give his side a morale booster but admits it won’t be an easy game playing against the in-form Soweto giants.

Abafana Bes’thende will welcome the Buccaneers at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Tuesday with a kick off set for 17:00 in the afternoon.

“Another tough match is awaiting against the highly confident Orlando Pirates. It’s a bad time of playing such an encounter at the back of their good win against Kaizer Chiefs,” Ncikazi told the media.

Arrows have lost one league game and drawn seven from 13 outings, which has left them sixth on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log standings.

Meanwhile, the Sea Robbers are placed fourth on the table, just eight points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

“The January football month has been very challenging in our team, losing so many of our players for different reasons considering the fact that we don’t have a big squad,” he adds.

“We hardly change our team. I’m praying that the mileage that they have gathered last month doesn’t affect them negatively on Tuesday.”

The 51-year-old mentor is convinced his troops will give it their all for the team to walk away victorious.

“The spirit in our camp is good after the comeback from behind win against Maritzburg United. One thing that I’m sure of is that the players will give their best as always. I wish and hope their best is good enough to give us positive results,” he says in conclusion.

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By FARPost Reporter

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