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Orlando Pirates coach rues a wasted transfer window

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has revealed that it was not by his design that the club did no transfer business.
Ncikazi intimated that Orlando Pirates top brass were unwilling to loosen the purse strings for all that he would have liked to reinforce the group.

Orlando Pirates waste transfer window

Orlando Pirates are still in the title race albeit some way adrift of rivals Sundowns.
Ncikazi isn’t sure if the team can keep pace with a team blessed with their resources.

“There is no coach that has ever been happy with the squad. We are always ambitious if we have enough resources like others,” Ncikazi told reporters.
“We are never enough. There are areas that you wish (to beef up) but sometimes the timing of bringing players becomes important in our team. Personally, I would have loved to have certain players. But we respect the process within the club on how they do things.”
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As a result of their lack of buys, Pirates opted not to let any players go in January.

“You cannot take out players without bringing in new ones. Covid has taught me to expect the unexpected. Based on what is happening with Covid, you can’t have a very thin squad with the club being involved with CAF competition. We will need a lot of players,’’ stated the Bucs coach.
“If you look at the fixture list that we are going to be engaged in, we are going to rotate the players using some in the league, so we cannot release without bringing in.”

Continuity is king

Despite the wasted window, Ncikazi is hopeful of improved results.

“I think the club has taken a direction of continuity. I prefer working with a player who has been on the set up than bringing in a new player who will need time to adjust,’’ said Ncikazi.

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