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Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi. Photo: Gallo Images

REVEALED: Ncikazi won’t be following Davids out the Pirates door

Coach Mandla Ncikazi is set to stay at Orlando Pirates, although the exact nature of his future role remains to be seen.

Mandla Ncikazi Pirates

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi. Photo: Gallo Images

Earlier this month Orlando Pirates dramatically confirmed that the club has parted ways with coach Fadlu Davids. The 41-year-old, who joined the organisation in 2019 as an assistant coach, leaves Pirates upon the expiration of his contract at the end of this month.

Interestingly, FAR Post recently reported that a deal is likely to be concluded for Davids to take up the head coach position at SuperSport United, but nothing has really materialised on this front.

With Davids leaving Pirates, it has been unclear what the future could hold for co-coach Mandla Ncikazi, but it has been reported by SunSport that he is going nowhere.

It remains to seen whether Ncikazi will be given the head coach role, with many speculating that Benni McCarthy may return to the Buccaneers, although nothing formal has been revealed when it comes to this rumour.

“Ncikazi is not leaving Pirates. Davids was obviously going to leave the club at the end of the season,” a SunSport source said. “But it is not clear whether Ncikazi will run alone next season or if he will be the assistant coach.”


Pirates released the following statement on Davids last week:

Ever professional and always disciplined in his approach, Mr Davids leaves the Club having performed his duties in an exemplary manner. 

Meanwhile, the Club can also confirm the departure of Head Performance Analyst Darian Wilken.

Mr Wilken has expressed his intention to head into coaching which is a decision the Club respects and supports. There is no doubt that he will be an asset to the South African football industry one day.

On behalf of the Club, we would like to wish both Mr Davids and Mr Wilken all the best in their future endeavours.