Abel Shongwe urges Steve Komphela to field Hendrick Ekstein against Orlando Pirates
Posted: 5 November 2015 Time: 15:08
Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Abel 'Chacklas' Shongwe has pleaded with coach Steve Komphela to field exciting playmaker Hendrick Ekstein in the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs will face Pirates again at FNB Stadium on Saturday in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals after Bucs ran out 3-1 victors in a League meeting last weekend.
Ekstein missed the first Derby but impressed when he started ahead of Amakhosi captain Siphiwe Tshabalala in a 3-1 win over Golden Arrows at the same venue on Tuesday night.
"That boy [Ekstein] can be the Maradona of South African football. He is one of hell of a player," Shongwe tells KickOff.com.
"If he can keep his feet on the ground and a cool head he can go far in football. I have had a one-on-one conversation with the boy and told him the responsibility that comes with playing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs and remaining disciplined."
Chacklas believes Ekstein is a player for the big occasion.
"Steve is a great tactician. He has has shown that he believes in the boy. I pray that he fields him on Saturday.
"He is the kind of player like 'Ace' Khuse, Jabu Pule and 'Scara' Ngobesi that can carry Chiefs in such games because he is a marvel to watch."