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Ncikazi joins up with Under-17s

Ncikazi joins up with Under-17s

It is true what they say – one man’s poison is another man’s meat. And this was proven yesterday when a coach unceremoniously removed as head coach at Maritzburg United, Mandla Ncikazi, found new employers – although it is only on a temporary basis.

Ncikazi was yesterday drafted into the national Under-17 team’s technical staff as a late replacement for John Tlale whose club, Royal Eagles, refused to release him owing to a busy schedule in the National First Division .

The KwaZulu-Natal born coach has a long history in developmental football and was the obvious choice to join head coach Molefi Ntseki in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup set-up for Chile next month.

Speaking before heading out with the team, Ncikazi said it didn’t bother him that he was called up at short notice, because he is always willing and prepared to help out in football whenever called upon.

“We are headed out now, but I don’t have any qualms with the short notice. I am a servant of football and always willing to help wherever and whenever my assistance is called upon,” said Ncikazi.

Before he was asked to replace Tlale in the Amajombos team, there were strong suggestions that he was headed to Kaizer Chiefs to assist his friend and former boss, Steve Komphela as he tries to steer the Amakhosi ship into calmer waters.

When pressed for a response on that, Ncikazi said: “I cannot talk about that now, my focus is on this job I have been asked to do for the national team.”

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