Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi has fired a stern message to Ernst Middendorp and his Kaizer Chiefs charges ahead of their Absa Premiership clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Arrows will be hosting Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium for the first time in 4 years as they last played Amakhosi at the venue back in the 2016/17 season.
With the match being moved away from Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, many people felt Abafana Bes’thende are literally handing Amakhosi the 3 points on a silver platter with Moses Mabhida known as Kaizer Chiefs’s second home after FNB Stadium, something which Ncikazi was quick to shoot down.
“It’s every man for himself come Saturday, we have got our own mandates , if we do favours for certain teams so be it well and good for them but for us our objectives is getting away from the relegation zone, get as many points as possible early. If we do that and others benefit let it be,” declared Ncikazi.
Ncikazi however admits that not playing at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium is a setback for the technical team as they would have preferred to play this match at their usual venue.
“If it was my choice personally I would have preferred to play in Claremont (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium), put them (Chiefs) in the hole there , let them drive up the street maybe we would get advantage from them driving up the hill, try and get as many possibilities that you can get but we are playing at Mabhida – it is what is it,” stated Ncikazi
Ncikazi also revealed that head coach Steve Komphela and his technical team were in the dark regarding the decision of venue changes, switching from Sugar Ray Xulu to Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“I think it was just a management issue, we were not exactly exposed to why the match moved to Mabhida but having said that for me play at home, play away in South Africa it’s just at home in any venue,” concluded the 51-year-old Ncikazi.
By Ntokebo Mbambo