Orlando Pirates Coach Mandla Ncikazi Apologises to CAF, but Continues War of Words With Simba SC

Orlando Pirates Coach Mandla Ncikazi Apologises to CAF, but Continues War of Words With Simba SC

Keba Mothoagae
  • Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi confirmed that he received CAF's letter warning him about his conduct following controversial comments he made
  • Ncikazi said that he responded to the continent's football governing body, apologising for using the wrong platform to criticise Simba SC for alleged mistreatment in Tanzania
  • However, he stopped short of apologising to the Tanzanian side, making it very clear that he wouldn't let sleeping dogs lie as far as they were concerned

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has given the most middling response to running afoul of the football authorities.

Ncikazi received a warning from CAF following utterances he made about the team's alleged mistreatment by Simba SC and others during the week of a Confederation Cup quarterfinal first leg match - which they controversially lost 1-0 - in Dar es Salaam.

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Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi and Simba SC CEO Barbara Gonzalez were at each other's throats in the media.
Source: UGC

According to The Citizen, Ncikazi went on the offensive, claiming that the visitors had 'been treated like animals'. Simba hit back immediately, laying a formal complaint with Africa's football governing body, as reported by Soccer Laduma.

Now, according to another Soccer Laduma report, he confirmed he had received the warning letter, acknowledging his mistake. He said:

“I think CAF understood what was in the letter of my response. I apologised to CAF; maybe the utterances were uttered on the wrong platform; we could have channelled the utterances differently. For what I said and the platform and the way I said that for that one, I apologise.”

Naturally, he had to aim an open dig at the Tanzanians, saying:

“Maybe to say them the way I did and in the platform that I used was not the correct one, and that was my apology but not for another incident that really takes place in Africa; there is no apology."

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi dodges heavy CAF punishment after controversial comments

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has escaped serious punishment by CAF following comments he made last month after a Confederations Cup defeat to Simba SC.

As reported by Sports Brief, the Buccaneers lost the first leg of their quarterfinal tie 1-0 against Tanzanian team Simba SC in Dar es Salaam.

From refereeing decisions in the game to alleged shenanigans off it, Pirates felt that they were mistreated deliberately in East Africa.