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'The Ball Refuses To Touch The Net'

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has refused to blame the players despite the team playing to a dull draw against Golden Arrows at the weekend.

The Buccaneers are now without a victory in two matches, having lost their previous match against Kaizer Chiefs and are seventh on the DStv Premiership log with only three wins from 11 matches.

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With the team set to visit unbeaten Stellenbosch in their next match on Wednesday, Ncikazi remains hopeful that Pirates players will turn things around to get the desired results. 

“I’m disappointed that based on the number of chances we created… maybe a win, it’s two points dropped. It’s a point but I don’t think Pirates really deserve a point, I thought we deserved three. But a game of football if you don’t put a ball in the net, you are not going to win matches and if it takes longer for you to score, the opponents gain confidence,” said Ncikazi, speaking through the club’s media department.

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“But for the number of chances that we created especially in the first half, just take one, take two then the game will change it’s a process that we have to work on, and I just hope that we still encourage the players, it’s the job of the coaches to try and work on such situations. I’m not disappointed with the performance, I’m not disappointed with the effort from the players, I’m just disappointed with the result and the fact that the ball refuses to touch the net,” the coach added.   

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