Komphela welcomes Ntshangase confidence


Ntshangase got his first run out for Amakhosi as they put on a spirited display to come from behind and beat Polokwane City 2-1 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The former Baroka attacker came on to replace Wiseman Meyiwa in the 61st minute, before playing a key role in fellow substitute Dumisani Zuma’s 65th minute winner, but was later seen limping off the park after the final whistle.

However, Komphela was not overly concerned and is optimistic of an imminent return to action.

“The state of his injury, to be honest, we didn’t get an update from our medics, but I’m sure that if it was something too serious they would have indicated,” said Komphela after the match.

“And we hope it is not [serious]. You would want to have players of that calibre on the field.”

The 24-year-old impressed in his 30-odd minutes in front of Chiefs’ home supporters, and delivered on his promise of ‘champagne passes’ to teammates, much to the delight of Komphela, who also admitted room for improvement.

“In terms of his ability, I think everybody has seen a bit of what he can give – in terms of one; his game intelligence – you can see he’s somebody who thinks,” added the coach.

“He fits the profile more of a ‘number 10’, and what he says, you could see there’s an attempt he made where there was no space on the sides or in front, the only space available was just above and he did exactly that [made a ‘champagne pass’].

“And it doesn’t happen too often that when there’s no space anywhere else on the park that there must be space somewhere, and he found that and we hope there’s going to be more of that.

“With his passing; he’s got good technical ability – short-range, long-range, inter-passes, he’s accurate … There’s things that we know we still need to work on.

“We only trained with him, effectively, for one technical session, and we hope he will gel.”

On Ntshangase’s utterances, which some might have found brash, Komphela explains the fine line between confidence and arrogance, while voicing his support for his player.

“There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Sometimes when you pronounce your own confidence, it comes across as a bit of arrogance, but it is nice for sports people to have that level of confidence.

“We just need to be part of his understanding, because the minute he gets misunderstood then it tilts the scales. We hope people understand that is confidence, and athletes must have confidence.”

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