Orlando Pirates are like Mamelodi Sundowns but with more support - Ncikazi

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Mandla Ncikazi, Orlando Pirates' co-interim head coach, believes the Soweto giants are on the same level as Mamelodi Sundowns.

After a fine 2-0 win over Liberia's LPRC Oilers in Monrovia on Sunday night, the Buccaneers came closer to securing a position in this season's Caf Confederation Cup group stage.

Tshegofatso Mabasa and Fortune Makaringe scored goals in the opening leg of the play-off round against the Oilers, giving the Buccaneers their first two away wins of the season.

Pirates are improving, according to Ncikazi, who compares them to Sundowns, who have dominated South African football in recent years and won the Caf Champions League in 2016.

"It's getting better. It's critical that we maintain our current momentum. The Pirates are a formidable opponent "Ncikazi spoke to the press.

"Every match is expected of you to win. We're on the same level as Sundowns, but we have much more support."

Ncikazi, who is co-interim coaching with Fadlu Davids at Pirates, has stated that the club is still a work in progress since he took over following coach Josef Zinbauer's departure in August.

"So, at our current level, we're not achieving," says the narrator "Ncikazi, who was nominated for the PSL Coach of the Season award last season, kept on.

"However, we understand the process because we have new leadership [referring to himself and co-coach Fadlu Davids] and many players have been sidelined due to injury.

"But I believe we're on the right route now to accomplishing great things."

Pirates are now in seventh place in the PSL table, 12 points behind log leaders Sundowns, who are aiming for their fifth consecutive league triumph this season.

On Thursday, the Buccaneers will resume their PSL campaign when they host Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium, their historic home ground.

They will subsequently face the Oilers in a second-leg match on December 5 at the same location.


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