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'Pirates are on the level of Sundowns' - Mandla Ncikazi

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Orlando Pirates assistant coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids (Gallo Images)
Orlando Pirates assistant coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids (Gallo Images)

After seeing their form improve over the last few weeks, Orlando Pirates assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi says they are at the same level as Mamelodi Sundowns.

This past weekend, Pirates beat Liberian side LPRC Oilers 2-0 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup play-off.

In an interview with Liberian media afterwards, Ncikazi claimed that Bucs were currently at the same level as Sundowns.

Sundowns have been the form team in South Africa and on the continent over the last few years.

The Brazilians have won the CAF Champions League in 2016 and are the domestic league champions for the last four seasons.

Pirates last won the league title in the 2011/12 season.

"There's improvement. It's important that we've got momentum now. Pirates are a big team. You're expected to win in every match," said Ncikazi.

"We're on the level of Sundowns, but we even have more support than them," said Ncikazi.

"So, given our level, we're not achieving, but we understand the process because we have new leadership (referring to himself and co-coach Fadlu Davids), and a lot of players have been sidelined by injuries.

"But now I think we're on the right track towards achieving big things," he added.

The Soweto Giants are next in action against Baroka on Thursday (19:30) at Orlando Stadium.

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Fixtures
Wed 27 Oct 21 15:30 PM (SAST)
Baroka FC
Mamelodi Sundowns
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Sat 27 Nov 21 17:30 PM (SAST)
Orlando Pirates
SuperSport Utd
Orlando Stadium, Soweto
Sat 08 Jan 22 10:00 AM (SAST)
Marumo Gallants FC
Chippa United
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Results
Thu 23 Dec 21
Orlando Pirates 2
AmaZulu 1
Thu 23 Dec 21
Mamelodi Sundowns 1
Marumo Gallants FC 1
Wed 22 Dec 21
Kaizer Chiefs 2
Maritzburg United 0
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
19
13
44
2. Orlando Pirates
19
7
30
3. Stellenbosch
18
7
29
4. Kaizer Chiefs
16
8
28