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Ncikazi: Strong assistant coaches are crucial nowadays

Mandla Ncikazi (Gallo Images)
Mandla Ncikazi (Gallo Images)

Golden Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi believes modern football clubs require experienced assistant coaches in order to be successful.

Ncikazi, who has worked as a head coach in the past, has used Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, and Kaizer Chiefs as examples of clubs that have the advantage of knowledgeable deputies.

Ncikazi believes a strong assistant coach helps head coaches to deal with the pressure and demands of the highly competitive modern game.

"The role of an assistant coach is a very interesting one. If you look at the landscape of South African football, take Mamelodi Sundowns, for example - they've got Pitso Mosimane and Manqoba Mngqithi," Ncikazi told IOL.

"Pitso is the head coach and Manqoba his assistant and a former head coach himself. At Orlando Pirates, you have Jozef Zinnbauer as the head coach and Fadlu Davids as his assistant.

"Fadlu is also a former head coach. Steve is the head coach at Arrows and Mandla is a former head coach and he is assisting him.

"Maybe the job of a head coach has become too demanding. Even at Kaizer Chiefs, there's Ernst Middendorp at the top and Shaun Bartlett as his deputy.

"Bartlett is a former head coach himself. Clearly, modern football demands assistant coaches that have a wealth of knowledge in the game."

- TEAMtalk media

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