Komphela's successor's mandate is to better last season's showing

Ncikazi's mission is to steer Arrows to top eight

Neville Khoza Journalist
Mandla Ncikazi of Golden Arrows.
Mandla Ncikazi of Golden Arrows.
Image: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images

Golden Arrows coach Mandla Ncikazi says he prefers not to promise anything as he only wants to be judged by results as he prepares to lead the team this upcoming season.

Arrows opted for continuity and placed their faith in Ncikazi, who has been appointed as the successor to Steve Komphela as their new head coach.

The 51-year old tactician was an assistant coach to Komphela, who has left the club to join Mamelodi Sundowns.

He revealed that his mandate is to guide the team to a top-eight spot this season and to improve their 12th-place position they achieved this previous campaign.

“I prefer to promise less and deliver more, talk less and work harder. Our management gave us a simple objective. They have requested that the team perform better than the previous season,” Ncikazi told the Arrows media department.

“We shall do our best to achieve this objective. I hope that we will work together productively with everybody within our team to help the club grow.”

Arrows will start the season with a match against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday (3.30pm).

And Ncikazi is relishing the challenge that awaits him with Abafana Bes'thende in the new season. “I’m grateful to our chair, the management of our club, and the supporters for allowing me to lead this ambitious team,” Ncikazi said.

“It is a great, challenging opportunity. I’m also thankful to the hard-working players for allowing me to stand in front of them in a different capacity with more responsibility.

“Unfortunately, there is no time for celebration and dedication as we are playing our first match on Saturday against very challenging opponents, Bloemfontein Celtic, who played in the final of the Nedbank Cup last season. We are looking forward to the challenge ahead of us, and we will do our best to make sure that the club finishes in a good position.”

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