KickOff.com has been informed of the reason why former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase and ex-Orlando Pirates defender Tshepo Gumede are still a distance away from making their debuts at Marumo Gallants.
Ntshangase signed exactly a month ago but has yet to come anywhere close to playing having also failed to break into the match day squad as well.
He last played a competitive match in February when Chiefs were bundled out of the Nedbank Cup getting a 45-minute run before being pulled out at the break.
Through the last two campaigns he managed a mere seven appearances with none of them a full shift before being offloaded in March by AmaKhosi.
Gumede then arrived at the Limpopo club a few days later.
"Stash was signed by the club without consulting the technical team and so that is where the challenge is. He is a good player, but he hasn’t played much in the last two years. When he signed, he was not fit at all, so it is a long process to try and help him to be there with the other players and be able to compete at this level. The competition that he is facing in midfield are more efficient than him. For him the reality is that it will be a long process to recover his fitness.
"It is a problem when a player is signed without consulting the technical team, but the gate is always open for him if he can show the coach his quality but until now the other players are doing a better job. The coach is not there to offer gifts but to try to be efficient in the chase for results. Next time it will help to consult the coaches when a new player is signed but it seems the culture in South Africa is that they just throw anyone at your face," says a source.
Gumede was last in the books of Cape Umoya United in the first division before arriving at Marumo.
"He was overweight when he signed, and they didn’t consult the technical team as well. If he deserves to be in the team, he will play but then in the position he plays there is stability. He is a well-behaved player and has so far lost some weight and soon he will get into the team," says the source.