Kaizer Chiefs’ decision to extend out-of-favour midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase took a few by surprise yesterday, but not his agent.
‘Stash’ is still yet to made an official appearance for Amakhosi this season, and his contract would have expired today, although the Siya crew has reported before that the club did have an option to retain him for another 12 months.
Chiefs exercised that added option yesterday, along with goalkeeper Brylon Petersen and utility player Philani Zulu.
“I have always said that ‘Stash’ is one of the best midfielders Kaizer Chiefs acquired, whether he was able to feature prominently or not in the coach’s plans does not mean he has become a bad player overnight,” his agent Jazzman Mahlakgane told the Siya crew.
“I think I have always respected the system that the coach prefers to use or the type of players that suit his system and those that he prefers, which I think has worked for him. But that has never changed the quality of a player of Ntshangase’s calibre. I say this all the time – that form is temporary and class is permanent. The boy is just a classy player.”
Ntshangase, who joined Chiefs from Baroka FC two-and-a-half years ago, has only made 31 appearance for the club, but none this season.
He has also been publicly criticised by coach Ernst Middendorp for his overall contribution, and this suggests the German might have had little to do with the contract extension.
“The chairman of the club and everybody else around him (Ntshangase) have decided to give him another year, surely in their own discussions they are probably saying they need to give him another chance,” Mahlakgane added.
“He is not a coward, the type of player that is going to chicken out from a challenge because he’s not played for a year. We are very much aware of the statistics at Chiefs, but that does not take away the fact that – given a chance – he will rise, and at some point he could be the maestro at Chiefs. Give him a chance!”
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