Ncikazi: We just have to work on our final third

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  • Post published:November 21, 2021

Orlando Pirates co-head coach Mandla Ncikazi admits his side have to work on and improve their performance in the final third.

The Buccaneers were forced to share the spoils with Golden Arrows after playing out to a goalless draw at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

Pirates remain in seventh place with 15 points after 11 games, while Arrows are placed 10th on the log with 12 points after they played the same amount of matches.

“If you don’t put the ball in the back of the net you’re not going to win matches and I thought we had enough dominance, we had enough possession to score a goal,” Ncikazi told SuperSport TV after the match.

“It’s just not landing at the right place. I don’t blame the effort; I don’t blame the way we played but you could see in the moments we’re not scoring for longer periods we started to be desperate.

“Playing into the hands of a team that is playing on a counter-attack. Processes of putting the ball in the back of the net, we must keep on trying, it will happen at some point, it’s not happening now.

“But I thought today we were better in the creation of chances, let’s take them! I just blame one part, the ball is not placed into the back of the net for whatever reason but it’s a process that we’ll still work on and hopefully in the next matches it’s going to happen.

“For whatever reason, I hope this pandemic can be cured because football matches are won by scoring, for a number of chances we created, not only in this match but in other matches, we don’t take them.

“Then you have a silly goal or don’t score then you play a draw, we just have to work on our final third, whether its movements, it’s personnel but we have to keep on trying, trust the players, trust the process, that’s the duty of the coaches.”