Orlando Pirates call on Mandla Ncikazi


The co-coaching agreement at Orlando Pirates last season was a recipe for disaster in the opinion of former defender Tomas Inguane.

Pirates have technical decisions to make during the winter break following the departure of Fadlu Davids who served as co-coach alongside Ncikazi last season.

There have been calls for Benni McCarthy to return to the club that he played for but that appears easier said than done.

"This co-coaching arrangement was never going to work because it is normal that there is always going to be a clash of ideas between two human beings.

"You can try and hide it all you want but you cannot have two bulls in the same kraal. One person must be in charge, and it is not surprising that the other guy (Davids) has left," Inguane tells KickOff.

"There must be a head coach and an assistant as has always been the case in this game.

"The Pirates management needs to now think hard about whether they want to continue with Mandla and how they will support him in that space because the fans want results.

"Whether it is Mandla or another coach the fact of the matter is that whoever comes in must deliver results for the club.

"Whether the next coach is local or not is secondary to me. I never look at coaches based on where they were born or come from because to me football is universal and not based on geography.

"Coaches can work all over the world because such is the nature of the game.

"If the management feels they need to retain a South African coach or bring a European coach it will not change the fact that he will still be expected to deliver results.

"I have no issues with Mandla because I don’t look at him as Mandla but rather a coach at Pirates who is expected to deliver results. I’m not obsessed with the name, skin colour, place of birth, or nationality.

"If it is going to be Mandla then give him the support and make the working conditions suitable for him to bring results.

"Pirates is my team, and they need to organise their camp ahead of the new season because we need results," says Inguane.