Pirates coaching duo plan to ‘unlock players’ full potential’

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Fadlu Davids believes that with the plethora of talent and quality at Orlando Pirates, it is only a matter of time before he alongside Mandla Ncikazi deliver the results the fans have been longing for.

‘The Buccaneers draw 2-2 against Stellenbosch in the first game of the two caretaker coaches in charge after Josef Zinnbauer handed in his resignation letter.

Ncikazi’s name Mandla means “power” and Davids has no doubt that they have the power to turn the Soweto giants fortunates around and challenge for the league hounours.

“First of all, you have to look at yourselves internally not other teams, [Mamelodi] Sundowns, do we want to catch up? do like them,” said Davids.

The 2020 MTN champions have the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari, Gabadinho Mhango, Tshegofatso Mabasa; Deon Hotto and Goodman Mosele, Nkanyiso Zungu, Ntsako Makhbuela, Bongan Sam, Zakhele Lepasa, and Happy Jele at their disposal – players deemed good enough to contest for the DStv Premiership title.

“At the moment we have a really good squad and the potential in our squad is huge and it is just about us as coaches now to try to unlock that potential, getting the players to play to the levels we know they can and once we do that and we have the mentality to win every game, our season will definitely be different.

Davids went on to describe Ncikazi as a ‘father figure to the Pirates players. “He is a fantastic person coach, we have a good relationship with similar football ideas and thinking,” he said.

“He has brought that fatherly love to the players as can relate to them and he has really made a huge difference since he has joined the team.”

Pirates take on Marumo Gallants in their second DStv Premiership clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening (17:00).

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