Returning Bidvest Wits defender Siyabonga Nhlapo gunning for Reeve Frosler's spot
Posted: 6 July 2017 Time: 10:54
Bidvest Wits defender Siyabonga Nhlapo has warned youngster Reeve Frosler that he is back at the club to fight for his place in the starting line-up.
Nhlapo spent the second half of the 2016/2017 season on loan to now relegated Highlands Park, after he was dropped completely from Wits’ match day squads by coach Gavin Hunt.
Now back with the team, Nhlapo is ready to roll up his sleeves and win back the position he once owned.
Frosler, however, is not the only player Nhlapo has to compete with as Nazeer Allie and Siboniso Gaxa are also determined to play regularly at right back.
The 19-year-old Frosler played 11 consecutive games towards the end of the season after Allie sustained an injury and is a favourite to continue in the position when the new campaign gets underway.
“The young man [Frosler] has to know that things are going to be tough,” Nhlapo tells KickOff.com.
"He’ll have to prove himself in training, but it’s good for the team and for him. We can learn from Pa [Gaxa] because he played at the World Cup with Bafana. I can learn from Nazeer as well, so it’s good."
While his Wits celebrated a first ever title for the club, Nhlapo was dealing with the pain of being relegated with Highlands Park. What was good about his move, though, is that he got to play regularly.
“It was a two-way thing. It was fruitful, but at the same time it became sad. One can say I regret the decision I took having seen the guys win the league, but when I took the decision I did not know that the team was going to win the league," he explained.
"I am not saying the team was not strong enough to win the league, but I felt it was good for me to get away and clear my head.
“It was more about me going out there and trying something new. I had been here for four years and then I was relegated to the bench, so there was a lot happening.
"I came back stronger now. This season I stand a good chance to compete for a place in the team, with a clear head and a clear mind. You can say I gained, rather than saying I lost.
“Here in South Africa we take the loan the wrong way. We think that when you go out on loan, especially to a lower team, you are not good enough. At times a loan is a good thing for a player.”