“You must ask what he means by that because, to be honest, if you’re a Pirates player and you hear something like that I’m not sure how you’ll react.
“I know those boys well and how sensitive they are. I don’t want to talk about it and maybe it’s for coach Mandla to expedite the statement a bit more.”
Ncikazi made his comment after Bucs, slipping in their challenge for second place, were held to an unconvincing 0-0 draw at home to Chippa United on Wednesday evening. That afternoon Sundowns had drawn against Cape Town City to clinch the title.
The Pirates' coach suggested financial fair play rules might level the playing field in SA.
“I think the financial fair play rules have to come into effect and we must cap their finances because Covid-19 has affected a lot of teams — whether it’s supporters, in terms of revenue, but Sundowns have not been affected,” he said.
“Some teams are playing with development players, getting young players. Most developments were closed, Safa [the SA Football Association] was closed but Sundowns buy at Woolworths and we buy at Pick n Pay and Spar. If Spar and Pick n Pay are closed we can’t buy.”
Fourth-placed Pirates meet second-last TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium on Monday (3pm). Sundowns face 10th-placed Sekhukhune United at Ellis Park on Tuesday (5.30pm).