When Siphelele Ntshangase joined Kaizer Chiefs, many felt that the Soweto giants had found a playmaker and personality in a similar mould to the likes of Doctor Khumalo, Jabu Pule (now Mahlangu) and the late Scara Ngobese. Ntshangase could not have been happier when he joined from Baroka FC, describing this as a dream move. However, It’s all gone south despite what appeared a bright start. And while players and fans alike love the exciting and entertaining pass technician, the destiny of this player seems in the hands Ernst Middendorp who as yet has not been convinced.
In September 2019, when asked about whether the midfielder would come back into the frame at Chiefs, Ernst Middendorp decided against diplomacy and showed his frustration at consistently being asked about a player that never plays saying, “Honestly, at the moment, I don’t see him competing for the first XI. I think we have seen him several times. I hope he will come in a certain direction. He likes always another pass, another pass, another pass. Football is about scoring and football is about finalising something. There are certain elements he has to change. It looks very nice, it’s entertaining, but sorry, we want to see results.”
When he was getting game time in the 2018/19 season, one of the players who benefitted hugely from his passing ability was Khama Billiat who was quoted in the media back then as saying, “I’ve got a great understanding with Ntshangase, I don’t know, maybe because we talk a lot. I believe we work together differently. He does work for me every time. The way you like balls to be passed to you is the same way another player expects from you, so it starts with me putting someone through with nice passes and I expect the same in return.”
It’s been almost an entire year for Nstshangase without a single minute of competitive game time for Kaizer Chiefs. Would you like to see him fight for his spot in the starting lineup or is it time for him to look elsewhere?
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