Coach for Orlando Pirates, a South African Football Club, Ncikazi has explained why he said PSL is better than AFCON.
The Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has defended his controversial comments about the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Ncikazi earlier said that South Africa League PSL is better than the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) after he was questioned for leaving out Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango following his outstanding performance at AFCON.
The Pirates Coach Courted controversy last week when he suggested that assessments of Gabadinho Mhango’s performances at the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations should be balanced by possible differences in quality between the continental tournament and South Africa’s domestic league.
“Let me put clarity on the whole issue which made a lot of empty noise without being informed (and) maybe lessons from me.” the Orlando Pirates co-coach said.
“We must listen with our ears and don’t assume and use the facts in front of me. Gabadinho Mhango, the question was why was he not part of the team and in my explanation I used the Afcon
“And if I were to say it again, when you look at the teams, a goalkeeper from Ivory Coast (Badra Ali Sangaré), number one, is playing for JDR (Stars).
“A goalkeeper from Gabon (Jean-Noël Amonome), their number one is number three at AmaZulu and is not making number one at AmaZulu.” the Orlando Pirates mentor added.
“Relating to the question that was asked, why is Mhango doing well in Malawi and not at Pirates and I said maybe the competition in PSL teams is higher than in some teams in the Afcon.”