Shooting the breeze

2015-07-23 06:00

Hhola Mindloz, Qulusa weMqulusi.

This week, when Maritzburg United officially appointed Mandla “Mindloz” Ncikazi, I remembered his young and active days at African Wanderers. Abaqulusi (Wanderers) had the unique culture of starting a game.

The team would bend down as if touching ankles - that was their trade mark which was loved by their passionate followers.

Before I get emotional about those days, let me say congratulations and well done to the Team of Choice, Maritzburg United, for officially appointing their former assistant coach, Mandla Ncikazi, as head coach last week.

To give Ncikazi a chance to head the team was the best decision made by United’s management, especially chairman Farouk Kadodia.

Ncikazi totally understands South African soccer and United­’s culture. He also worked for a long time under ex-United head coach Steve Komphela and as he said, it will be easy to continue with the methodology implemented by the past coach.

I also think Ncikazi has worked too long as an assistant, overlooked, underrated and to be fairly given a chance to be the head coach by United’s management means a lot to him and will definitely keep him motivated.

Also for United to appoint a South African-born coach is wise and makes sense.

It is disappointing to see a lot of foreign football coaches flocking to our country, highly rated according to their CVs, but always failing to deliver.

It is also disturbing to hear that some of them fake their CVs in order to make them look good or glorified.

There is one question I always ask myself when I see coaches from all over the world coming to SA for jobs - if they are good and internationally recognised why don’t they coach in their country of birth and work with their national association to develop their national teams?

Why is South Africa always their next destination to look for greener pastures?

Another plus for appointing Ncikazi is that I know the former teacher, African Wanderers and AmaZulu player, believes in young talent and is passionate about development.

So the days of buying expensive players from other provinces and around Africa are finally over for United, provided Ncikazi is given a free role as the head coach and there no interference from the sidelines or bosses. It is likely the new coach will spot and promote local talent­ because around Pietermaritzburg, and under Mgungundlovu district, there is a lot of talent that needs to be unearthed.

Again, well done to the Team of Choice management for showing trust and faith in Ncikazi­.

Ncikazi totally understands South African soccer and United’s culture

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