Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi says that he is 80% satisfied with the progression of the Sea Robbers, adding they are a work in progress as they are still struggling to put the ball in the net.
The Soweto giants snapped their four-game winless run in the DStv Premiership with a tight 2-1 win over Sekhukhune United at Orlando Stadium as they now look ahead to the mammoth clash with rivals Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday (3:30pm).
Pirates had to come from behind as Linda Mntambo converted from the spot in the 76th minute before second-half substitute Kabelo Dlamini netted the winner a minute later to cancel out Seth Parusnath’s magnificent opener.
Speaking after the match, Ncikazi admitted that the side is still a work in progress but they will be confident ahead of the Soweto derby after returning to winning ways.
“When we started with coach Fadlu [Davids] we worked on stages like intensity and football fitness … then we were satisfied in that zone. We went into focusing on keeping the ball … we said: ‘If we say we’re possession-based then let’s use the ball as a tool to attack’. We got that,’’ said Ncikazi.
“Now we’re struggling a bit with an attacking third. We’re creating chances but there’s one part that’s left – that’s putting the ball in the net. We’re a work in progress … we’re getting there. I am 80% satisfied.’
“I am happy that we won against Sekhukhune, but we know that in derbies form doesn’t count but I am happy that we’re a bit confident. [Against Chiefs] we’ll play with confidence and belief because of this win,’’ Ncikazi concluded.
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