Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
21 Apr 2016
1:12 pm

Ncikazi accused of poaching players for Chiefs

Sibongiseni Gumbi

This has been revealed to Phakaaathi by sources close to the relegation threatened Maritzburg.

Mandla Ncikazi has been accused by Maritzburg United of trying to steal their players, promising to take them with him when he goes to assist Steve Komphela at Kaizer Chiefs next season.

Ncikazi was the assistant to Komphela at Maritzburg last season, and took over after he left to join Amakhosi.

“Maritzburg is in trouble and they are now blaming everyone. Ncikazi is being accused of promising players better pay at either Arrows or Chiefs and that is said to be distracting their focus,” said a source.

READ: Kadodia blames Komphela for Maritzburg woes

Ncikazi, who is now an assistant to Clinton Larsen at Golden Arrows, allegedly attacked Maritzburg coach, Ernst Middendorp after the KwaZulu-Natal Premiership derby that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ncikazi and Middendorp were close to exchanging blows at the end of the game.

“That is when Maritzburg chairman (Farouk Kadodia) intervened and told Ncikazi to back off because they know what he had been doing behind their backs. If security had not intervened on time and separated the two parties, things could have gotten ugly,” said a source who was at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Ncikazi could not be reached on his cell phone on Thursday.

Kadodia was quoted in Isolezwe earlier this week confirming that a certain coach in KZN was poaching his players.

He said he had not reported the matter to the PSL yet because there was no solid evidence but promised that they are looking into the matter.