Ntshangase puts silverware above friendship

Amakhosi will be hosting Lidoda Duvha at the FNB Stadium this Sunday (15h30) as they again look towards ending their ongoing trophy drought.

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It will, however, be more than just that for Ntshangase, who will be coming up against his former side, with whom he made a name for himself in the National First Division a few years ago.

The 25-year-old attacker admits it will be an emotional affair coming up against the players he still holds dear to his heart but is fully aware of what is at stake for his current employers.

“It’s going to be an emotional game. I still have some friends at Leopards. However, I am now a Khosi, I want to win trophies and that’s why I came to Chiefs,” Ntshangase told Chiefs’ website.

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‘Stash’, as he is affectionately known, can also vouch for the sort of approach the Giyani-based side will adopt for this mammoth tie, and thus feels fully equipped for the challenge ahead.

“[Leopards will come] all guns blazing, because they have nothing to lose. It’s an opportunity [for the players] to shine and be noticed,” he explained.

“We respect Leopards, but we will have to look at the bigger picture and that’s that we want to progress to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.

“We took a lot of positives out of that [Macufe Cup] game [against Bloemfontein Celtic], and we have been working hard at training to further improve.”

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After being forced to play behind closed doors in their previous encounter against Polokwane City in Durban, the former Baroka playmaker is confident of a good turnout at their traditional home ground this weekend.

“I am sure our supporters will be there and be our 12th man, because we are playing good football. To be honest, we haven’t even reached our best yet,” he concluded.

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