Ekstein’s Promise To The Amakhosi Faithful…
Hendrick Ekstein may not have gotten the amount of game time that he’d hoped this season, but he’s made a promise to the Kaizer Chiefs fans.
‘Pule’ has made just 12 Absa Premiership starts in 2017/18 – the last of which was over a month ago – and his wait for a goal now stretches back to September 2016 when he scored against Platinum Stars.
Despite the fact that he is now 27 and playing in his fourth season with the Glamour Boys, Ekstein says that he’s still learning from his coach and teammates at Naturena.
The midfielder admitted to the media that he’s not pleased with how he’s been doing, saying in a press conference, “To be honest with you‚ I’m not happy with my progress… I’m still working on it and I’m willing to work hard. I’m still learning from Coach Steve and my teammates.
“So I promise to the team, and the supporters, to work hard and do more, and do well for the team. I promise that I will do well.”
When asked about his lack of time on the field of late – he’s only played in eight games in all competitions in 2018 – Ekstein wouldn’t be drawn into commenting, directing the question to Steve Komphela alongside him.
He said, "I think that one is not for me, I think the coach is going to answer that one.”
After some back and forth between the two, Komphela finally replied saying, “Pule has been training very well, and at number-10 filling great spots. Ntshangase came in and we had to fuse him in. If you remember Ntshangase from Baroka, even from Black Leopards, he had not been playing so he needed to get to the level.
“I’m sure Pule can attest, you can feel the level of improvement physically, and his quality shows because, whether you like it or not, to achieve any objective you need technical tools.”
Ekstein will be hoping to get on the field tonight as Chiefs face Baroka in the Nedbank Cup.