Orlando Pirates technical director Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala has responded to reports linking Mandla Ncikazi with the Soweto giants, speaking exclusively to the Siya crew.
Ncikazi surprisingly parted ways with Golden Arrows on Wednesday, as confirmed by the KwaZulu-Natal club in their official statement.
The 52-year-old coach has led Abafafana Bes’thende to an impressive fourth place finish on the DStv Premership log this past season, and that was three points behind Pirates who finished in third place under Josef Zinnbauer.
Since Arrows’ announcement, reports in the local football fraternity have suggested that Ncikazi could be on his way to join the Buccaneers as part of their technical team for next season.
Zinnbauer has been facing an uncertain future with Pirates, with sources indicating that the club hasn’t been entirely pleased after the team finished third on the log and failed to qualify for the CAF Champions League, despite winning with the MTN8 earlier in the campaign.
Contacted for comment, Tshabalala told the Siya crew that he is unaware of Ncikazi’s potential move to Bucs.
“I’m not sure, I don’t know anything about it. I also read the reports but I’m in Cape Town as I speak to you. I just heard that he left Arrows, but I don’t know anything about it, and like I say, I’m in Cape Town as we speak. I don’t know if he is going to Baroka or to Pirates, I’m not sure. I haven’t heard about it yet,” he said.
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