Reserve Team talent excites Ncikazi
26 March 2015
Maritzburgunited.co.za catches up with assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi, the man who has taken the Reserve team under his wing.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: Can you give us an update please as to where things stand with the Reserve League team at the moment?
Mandla Ncikazi: With the PSL Reserve League finished for this season, the team is competing in the regional Castle League, where we are second on the table.
At a team like Maritzburg United Football Club, with limited resources, I believe the work we are doing with the Reserve side is invaluable.
We are continually looking at players – we have a core squad, and then we usually have two or three additional players we invite down to train with the team – at the moment we have some very exciting prospects including a right-sided player and a centre-back.
I can’t wait to see these young players getting an opportunity – there is so much potential.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: Deolin Mekoa was recently invited to train with the Bafana Bafana squad. A great honour for the player, and the club…
Mandla Ncikazi: Its very impressive and great for Deolin that he got this opportunity. And I can guarantee there are more players who are also ready to follow in his footsteps – players that are ready to step up and play in the first team if the coach calls upon them.
These are young players, who play without fear, who have a lot of talent.
Maritzburgunited.co.za: Another player who has done well since getting his chance in the first team lately is Philani Zulu…
Mandla Ncikazi: Yes, credit to the head coach for switching him to left-back. He has been performing extremely well, and I don’t doubt that the way he is playing right now, he is one of the best left-backs in the PSL.