Ntshangase ends 1500-day goal drought

Premiership

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase ended a remarkable wait to score his first-ever DStv Premiership goal during Marumo Gallants’ defeat to Orlando Pirates on Monday.

More than four years after making his first appearance in the South African top-flight, against Orlando Pirates no less, Ntshangase scored his first goal in the competition when he netted during Gallants’ 2-1 defeat to the Buccaneers in Soweto.

The 28-year-old opened the scoring in the 12th-minute of the tie, but his effort was in vain as a quick-fire double from Kwame Peprah saw Pirates claim all three points on the night.

While Ntshangase’s goal ultimately counted for nought for Gallants, it came as a major personal milestone for Stash, as he is affectionately known, as he ended a 1592-day wait to open his account in the Premiership.

After impressing in the National First Division with Black Leopards, he made his debut in the top-flight with Baroka FC on 22 August 2017 during a match against Pirates, before later moving to Kaizer Chiefs midway through the campaign.

However, he failed to score in league action for either the Bakgakga or Amakhosi in 35 matches and made the move to Gallants ahead of the 2021/22 season in an attempt to rediscover the form he showed during the early stages of his career.

That move has now paid early dividends for Ntshangase who has broken his long wait for a PSL goal, and Gallants will be hoping that the flood gates will have opened for their new star heading into the second half of the season.  

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