With Orlando Pirates not renewing coach Fadlu Davids’ contract last week, the future of his colleague Mandla Ncikazi also appears to be in doubt, and former Pirates midfielder and icon Teboho Moloi says the ideal candidate, should Ncikazi be shown the door, is Benni McCarthy.

“The nearest person that you get that understands almost everything in that team and who’s done very well as a coach Of Cape Town City and Amazulu, it’s Benni,” said Moloi.

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Moloi, himself an ex-Pirates assistant coach, believes that the club would benefit from appointing a former player to work with Ncikazi.

During his time in the Buccaneers dugout between 2011 to 2016, Moloi says he spent a lot of time asking for advice from the late Alfred Jacobs who was a striker for Pirates in the 1970s.

“It will become clearer in the coming days if Pirates retains Ncikazi or brings in a new coach, but in the meantime…Moloi says the former Golden Arrows coach needs to surround himself with club legends if he wants to be a success just as he did with Jacobs.

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“Sitting down with that Orlando Pirates legend showed me more on how to deal with players compared to the first time when I was an assistant [coach].

“Now that is why you find that players like Andile [Jali], Oupa [Manyisa] – especially midfielders, Benni himself, [Ndumiso] Mabena and ‘Juju’ [Thulasizwe Mbuyane], you know, they all wanted to have fun but at the same time you need to cap it and show them how to have that fun without hampering their performance.

“So if Mandla could be part of that where he talks with a lot of legends about different aspects of the game, I think he will be able to do well with the players.”

By Mazola Molefe

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