As the MTN8 final between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns approaches, tensions are running high on both sides.
The recent suspension of Mandla Ncikazi, combined with heated words from the coaching staff, sets the stage for a dramatic showdown at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, October 7.
Mngqithi’s Provocative Words
Mamelodi Sundowns’ assistant coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, didn’t hold back when addressing the suspended Mandla Ncikazi.
He expressed his desire to win the final and suggested that Ncikazi would be witnessing yet another victory, alluding to past encounters between the two.
God’s Mysterious Ways
Mngqithi also invoked spirituality, claiming that God works in mysterious ways, seemingly implying that Ncikazi’s suspension might be a result of divine intervention.
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Ncikazi’s Red Card
The tensions between the two sides escalated when Ncikazi received a red card during their last meeting at Orlando Stadium.
This incident, during a 1-0 defeat in the Dstv Premiership match, undoubtedly fueled the animosity.
Mandla Ncikazi, the suspended assistant head coach of Orlando Pirates, expressed his dissatisfaction with the officiating in recent matches.
He questioned the fairness of the decisions and called for transparency in football.
Hope for Fairness
Ncikazi’s plea is for fairness to prevail in the beautiful game, and he believes that his outspokenness is necessary to address the issues he perceives.
He highlighted that others may remain silent, but he chooses to speak the truth.