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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

Pirates coaching changes: One out, one extends and one more..

Orlando Pirates have already made two major coaching decisions ahead of next season while one more change is on the horizon!

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PSL and Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Image: @OfficialPSL/Twitter

Mandla Ncikazi’s future at Orlando Pirates has reportedly been secured.

The experienced assistant coach’s contract was due to end later this month however reports suggest an extension agreement has been reached!

Ncikazi joined the club in 2021 from Golden Arrows as an assistant coach to Jozef Zinnbauer. He was then promoted to co-head coach alongside Fadlu Davids in 2022.

The 55-year-old coach returned to being an assistant coach following the appointment of Jose Riveiro in July 2022 and has remained in his position since.

Pirates take decision on Mandela Ncikazi

Days after assistant coach Sergio Almenara confirmed his departure from Orlando Pirates, the club appear to have secured the future of fellow assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi.

β€œFARPost has learnt that Pirates have extended the contract of Ncikazi with two years and he will now be at the club until June 2026.” the publication reported.

The club are also expected to replace Almenara before the new season begins.

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In other news, Orlando Pirates full-back Bandile Shandu looks set to remain at the club next season.

Shandu struggled for game-time last season with reports suggesting his time at the club was up.

The speedy utility defender made just 16 appearances for Jose Riveiro’s throughout last season.

More worrying for Shandu was the fact that just seven of his 16 showings were starting line-up appearances.

Initial reports suggested the former Maritzburg United star could be on his way to SuperSport United as a free agent however, his agent has since emphatically refuted that claim.

According to his agent Mike Makaab, Shandu still has one year remaining on his current contract at Orlando Pirates.

The veteran agent went on to provide some clarity on Shandu’s situation at the Mayfair based club. Take a look at the details below.

Shandu still has one year left on his contract – Makaab

β€œI don’t know where the rumors come from because Bandile Shandu’s contract with Pirates expires in June 2026,” Makaab told iDiski Times

β€œHe is happy at the club and the club is happy with him. He’s been struggling with an injury. He is in the middle of his rehabilitation program.”

Shandu has made 87 appearances for the Buccaneers since joining the club in 2021. According to Transfermarkt, he’s valued at approximately R17 million.