Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Mandla Ncikazi has likened a coaching job in South African football to “being inside a microwave”.
Ncikazi took over the reins at Maritzburg at the beginning of the season, and it has not been the easiest start for him as the Team of Choice currently lie second bottom with a single point from three matches.
They host Bloemfontein Celtic at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday, Septermber 12 and Ncikazi is mindful of the situation he currently finds himself in.
“I am fully aware of the challenge the club is facing,” he told Sport24.
“All coaches are in a microwave … the day you decide to be the coach you are inside the microwave. Whether it’s turned on ‘4’ or on ‘3’ … that depends on the results.”
According to that logic, the heat on Ncikazi is probably a bit higher than a ‘3’ or a ‘4’ at the moment. But it is still early days, and United’s cause is set to be boosted now that the work permits of centre backs John Paintsil (Ghana) and Brian Onyango (Kenya) have been secured.
“While I can’t make excuses I also fully understand the challenges we have faced. I also know that the coaching job is about results,” said Ncikazi.
“Playing-wise, the commitment from the players I have never doubted. They have always given me that.
“I haven’t given up … I am still confident that we will change he results. I think we’ll give a good show on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 20:15.