It’s a tough time for footballers all over the world, but one Kaizer Chiefs defender says that he has something to be grateful for as he waits for his Amakhosi chance once again…
Young Siyabonga Ngezana hasn’t started an Absa Premiership game since back in December as he saw himself fall down the pecking order at Naturena this season, and the 22-year-old was dealt another blow as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed by a year because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Having played 15 and 12 games in the league over the last two seasons respectively, the Amakhosi youth product will be looking to add to his six appearances in 2019/20 when football does eventually return to the South African football scene.
For now though, he’s following the rules laid down by head coach, Ernst Middendorp and his technical team, so that he’s ready to go if called upon when the league resumes.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Ngezana said, “I follow the guidelines as provided by our technical team... I stay indoors, and I’m grateful to be spending time with my family. It is rare for us footballers to spend time with family because for most of our time, we are on the road, in camps and training.
“It was devastating to learn that the Olympics Games are postponed… But more than the Olympics, we cannot function as usual when we are confronted with this serious pandemic.
“The world is facing this crisis of the Coronavirus and all that we are all trying is doing our best to stay safe. We are in it together.”
Ngezana has more than 40 Chiefs appearances to his name since his debut in 2017, and is hoping to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo next year.