Orlando Pirates edged out Tanzanian club Simba SC in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, winning 1-0 at home in Johannesburg before eliminated the Reds via a thrilling penalty kick shootout. The bad blood between the teams will linger for a while, however, with a heated buildup to Sunday’s match due to Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi blasting the treatment and hospitality provided to his team before the first leg in Tanzania where the Bucs were defeated 1-0.
Simba’s leadership filed an official complaint to CAF before the second leg due to Ncikazi’s comments and following the victory for Pirates on Sunday, Ncikazi doubled down on his criticism of Simba. “What they do in their country isn’t football but it’s their strategy. They’ve got people that have degrees from London but that’s not football related, channel that to football,” Ncikazi said in comments reported by Sowetan Live’s Sihle Ndebele. Read Ncikazi’s comments in full in the link below as the hard feelings continue between the clubs.