Nkosingiphile Ngcobo’s exploits at the 2019 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations in Niger have earned him plaudits, with some pundits calling for him to be considered for first team action at Kaizer Chiefs.
The 19-year-old Amakhosi midfielder did not only help South Africa’s U20 team to qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup and also earning coach Thabo Senong’s side a bronze medal in Niger but made the CAF’s team of the tournament.
Ngcobo was promoted to Chiefs’ first team from the club’s development in 2017, alongside with Bruce Bvuma, Khotso Malope and Wiseman Meyiwa, who unfortunately had to retire from football in January this year at the age of 19 due to injuries he suffered from a car accident he was involved in, during November last year.
With Bvuma, Malope and Meyiwa having all managed to get a chance to play for Chiefs’ first team, Ngcobo should also get his chance at the Soweto giants, according to former Amakhosi midfielder Ntokozo Sikhakhane.
“There is a good chance for him to get a chance in the first team. As you know, the coach (Ernst Middendorp) likes to give young players a chance in the first team and Chiefs should be going back to the culture of developing youngsters for the first team. We came from the development and players like Jabu (Mahlangu) came from the development, so it was more of a culture.
"Middendorp is one coach who is not scared of throwing a youngster (in) the deep end and he doesn’t care if you are a senior player or not as long as you do the job on the field. If he (Ngcobo) can produce at that level (AFCON) it means he can also do well in the PSL. He is a quality player and there is a bright future for him. He deserves a chance in Chiefs’ first team. I remember Arthur Zwane telling me about the boy that he is good and I started taking note of him,” said Sikhakhane.