Orlando Pirates latest: Ncikazi admits Bucs have problems upfront!

Orlando Pirates latest: Ncikazi admits Bucs have problems upfront!

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has admitted that the team has problems in their striking department as goals seem hard to come by.

The Sea Robbers have had to rely on their midfielders, and heavily on wing-back Bandile Shandu for goals in recent weeks.

And while Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids have a number of quality strikers at their disposal, getting it right appears to be a challenge for the technical team.

Ncikazi was explaining the technical team’s decision to chop and change their striking department, saying they’re doing that because they are still looking to find who will score goals for Pirates on a regular basis.

The 52-year-old mentor further revealed that Pirates deserved to win against Golden Arrows (0-0), Cape Town City (0-0) and Kaizer Chiefs (1-2) because of the number of goalscoring chances they created.

However, they could only pick up two points from a possible nine which has seen them lose further ground in the PSL title race.


“You can see that we’re a team that has instability up front. You can look at the changes…in the previous match we played Peprah and Lepasa,” Ncikazi told reporters.

“And on Sunday, we played Peprah first half as one striker and we changed him at halftime. We’re just missing one part, we’re not scoring goal.

“If you have to look at all our games against Golden Arrows, Cape Town City, Kaizer Chiefs, we deserved to win because we created more chances than them.

“When you set-up your team you want to create chances and score but scoring is missing in our play,” added Ncikazi.


Ncikazi may have invited trouble from a section of Pirates fans with his admission that the team has a goalscoring problem.

And that’s because of the technical team’s persistence to sideline Gabadinho Mhango despite his proven goalscoring record for both Pirates and Malawi.

At the start of 2022, Mhango single-handedly helped Malawi reach the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by scoring three goals in the tournament.

Ncikazi said the reason Mhango has been sidelined is that he’s not at the level required to feature for Pirates despite his heroics at the AFCON finals.

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