‘United are on the right track’ - coach Ncikazi

2015-08-27 06:01
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Maritzburg United head coach Mandla Ncikazi.

PHOTO: gallo images Maritzburg United head coach Mandla Ncikazi.

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DESPITE his team’s crushing blow at the hands of Ajax Cape Town at the weekend when they were trounced 3-1, Maritzburg United head coach believes they are on the right track.

Ncikazi said this ahead of the crucial league encounter with Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg yesterday whose result was not known to Echo at the time of going to print.

The Team of Choice doesn’t know when work permits will be issued for Brian Onyango, Evans Rusike, and former West Ham United defender John Paintsil before meeting the Clever Boys.

The three players were sorely missed in United’s loss to Ajax Cape Town, but Ncikazi is hopeful they will be available soon.

Ncikazi told The Witness on Monday that although Tamsanqa Teyise was a phenomenal player, he believed he and fellow defender David Booysen needed more time together to form a solid partnership.

Centre-back Teyise, who recently joined the club from SuperSport United, became the club’s top goal-scorer when he netted his second goal.

His first goal in blue and white came on his debut, a 5-3 MTN8 defeat to champions Kaizer Chiefs.

Once again this season, the Team of Choice went down after starting the game well and dominating, conceding three goals in the last 20 minutes in what the coach called “simple mistakes”.

“It’s amazing because we dominated the game and created up to seven chances, but we still ended up on the losing side,” the coach said.

“They had set-pieces and we made very simple mistakes. It all happened in the last 20 minutes.

“We were generous at the back and we did not take our chances that we created.”

United, who find themselves third from bottom of the league, face Wits in what is going to be a tough clash against one of the title contenders.

Ncikazi remained confident that his troops were on the right track, and that results will start improving.

“We must stop conceding at the back. I believe in the way we are playing, and in my players.

“If we took all the chances we’ve created in the league this season, we’d be the highest scoring team,” he said.

Ncikazi said he still believed he had a good team, and that they were doing everything right.

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