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Tanzanian club Simba hits back at Pirates coach Ncikazi: 'Keep my country out of his mouth'

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Mandla Ncikazi (Gallo Images)
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Simba SC CEO Barbara Gonzalez confirms they will lodge an official complaint against Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi over his post-match comments this past weekend.

Pirates suffered a 1-0 defeat to Simba on Sunday in their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final first-leg clash in Tanzania.

After the match, in a strongly-worded post-match press conference, Ncikazi spoke of Pirates' alleged mistreatment by the hosts during their time in Tanzania, while he also pointed towards what he believed was poor officiating by Tunisian referee Haythem Guirat.

Speaking to KickOff, Simba CEO Gonzalez confirmed the club will be lodging an official complaint to CAF concerning Ncikazi's comments.

"If you want to play mind games, I would like to ask him to keep my country out of his mouth and also my team," Gonzalez said.

"No such things happened, and even if PSG would like to come, they will be treated with the same hospitality. But for someone to go as far as saying Simba was abusive or didn't give them support and was hostile was absolutely incorrect.

"All the support that was required was given, and Simba has never been a bad host.

"We want to take this further. I want to use this as a teachable moment."

He added: "As CEO of Simba, I don't accept it as a citizen of Tanzania, and I don't accept this, and for this reason, I am going to file a strong complaint.

"So, I would like to see Pirates and also the government address this because it puts us in a tricky predicament.

"It also creates a lot of fear heading to South Africa. We know that there is a high crime rate, and we understand the challenges South Africans are facing at the moment, so you start to question the kind of treatment that you may or may not receive.

"I am deeply concerned and worried," Gonzalez concludes.

The second leg will take place at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 18:00.


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