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Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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24 Nov 2021
9:26 am

Ncikazi concerned about Pirates’ scoring woes ahead of Stellenbosch clash

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

"One of us is going to have a heart attack soon," says Ncikazi.

Mandla Ncikazi , co-head coach of Orlando Pirates. (Picture: Shaun Roy/Backpagepix)

Mandla Ncikazi just wants to see his Orlando Pirates charges finally become a free-scoring team, but time is not on their side ahead of their clash with Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium today as they continue to drop points.

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The Buccaneers are seventh on the log after a goalless draw against Golden Arrows in their previous game and have only managed to score 11 goals.

“One of us is going to have a heart attack soon. It’s frustrating, but as a coach, you have to see the light where everybody sees darkness,” said Ncikazi.

“We have to be there for the players, we have to find solutions to try to solve this problem. I think we have the capacity to solve it and we must solve it soon.

“Stellenbosch is away from home but quite simply we have to put the ball in the net, even if it means the score is 4-3, as long as Pirates have scored more than their opponents.”

With games coming thick and fast, Ncikazi added that he was glad some injured players were making their way back as the fixture schedule intensifies.

The Buccaneers face a Stellenbosch side who are riding high in second spot on the log after 11 matches, with 21 points and the Western Cape team have started this season very positively.