Ncikazi apologises to Pirates fans for “Woolworths/Pick n Pay” comments

Ncikazi apologises to Pirates fans for “Woolworths/Pick n Pay” comments

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has issued an apology to the club fans for his Woolworths and Pick n Pay comments.

At the time, Ncikazi said South Africa must introduce Financial Fair Play (FFP) in reference to Mamelodi Sundowns’ big cheque to buy every player they want and dominate local football.

But perhaps Ncikazi awkwardly expressed himself as he said Sundowns buy at Woolworths while the rest of the other PSL teams buy at Pick n Pay and Spar.


“We must cap the finances [and have] financial fair play because Covid has affected a lot of teams, whether it’s supporters, in terms of revenue and most teams have been affected but Sundowns have not been affected,” said Ncikazi at the time.

“Some teams are playing with development players, getting young players. Most developments were closed, SAFA was closed but Sundowns buys at Woolworths, and we buy at Pick n Pay and Spar,” he continued.

Now, Ncikazi has asked for forgiveness over his comments that caused a stir across the country and left a section of Pirates fans offended.

Ncikazi further took sly dig at Rhulani Mokwena who was the first coach to reply to the Woolworths and Pick n Pay comments.

The Pirates mentor said he wouldn’t want to mud the situation further by commenting, saying Mokwena has never had anything good to say about him or the Soweto giants anyway.

Mandla Ncikazi
Simba SC will lodge an official complaint against Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi over his post-match comments. Photo: Backpagepix


“I’d like to apologize to the supporters of Orlando Pirates for my comments about Woolworths and Pick n Pay,” Ncikazi told Thabiso Mosia on SAFM.

“I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I don’t even want to clarify myself because I don’t want to cause anymore controversy, especially after the person who commented (Mokwena) said those things. He has never had anything nice to say about me or Pirates anyway,” added Ncikazi.

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