Siphelele Ntshangase hardly gets minutes in a Kaizer Chiefs shirt, but when he finally did, the midfielder only lasted 45 minutes.
Amakhosi faced second tier outfit Richards Bay on Sunday in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup, a game in which Ntshangase got a rare start – his first since December.
But with the Glamour Boys struggling to break down their stubborn lower division counterparts at the FNB Stadium, coach Gavin Hunt made drastic changes and took off four players, one of them being Ntshangase.
“They did not live up to what we expect,” he said of the tweaks that forced him to substitute Ntshangase, Bernard Parker, Happy Mashiane and Darrel Matsheke.
“We changed the shape, and when you do, you want force a little bit more, and we did with some of the opportunities in and around the box. But our final pass let us down. But you are certainly right on the first question (that when players are given a chance they don’t take it). The result was embarrassing for us.”
Chiefs went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat and were knocked out of the cup.
Ntshangase and Parker are two players whose future at the club is yet to be decided with their contracts coming to an end on June 30.
It remains to be seen whether a decision to take them off at half-time reflects Hunt’s overall view on their contribution going forward.
Ntshangase was a fan favourite when he joined Chiefs three years ago, but he has his work cut out to get back into Hunt’s good books.
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