First club enters race for Ntshangase


Siphelele Ntshangase could find a new club very quickly as the head coach of a PSL club reveals he is already in advanced talks with the player.

Ntshangase is currently free to join a club of his choice after he was released by Kaizer Chiefs last week.

The 27-year-old played his best football at Black Leopards under Kosta Papic several years ago, and the Serbian coach is now back in charge of all technical affairs at the Venda-based club.

Papic confirms to he has been in touch with Ntshangase and wanted to sign him for the remainder of the season, but a move is not possible right now outside the transfer window.

"I will try my best, we will see what is going to happen," Papic says.

"Yes exactly [I want him at least for the remainder of the season] but unfortunately he cannot be registered because he got the clearance after the window period. He's got the clearance, but I cannot register him. They [Leopards management] told me he cannot play."

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Papic says depending on the club's situation at the time, he will definitely try to sign Ntshangase again next season.

Asked if the player was willing to join the relegation candidates, Papic replies: "He is looking like that. I think so."

The former Chiefs and Orlando Pirates coach brought out the best of Ntshangase by affording him the luxury of only going forward and not having to worry about tracking back during his first spell at Lidoda Duvha.

This is something the coaches at Chiefs were not willing to compromise, and Papic says he can't exactly tell why the player left Naturena without making a mark.

"I cannot make that comment about strategy of other coaches, that is not my duty. I don't know what is other people doing and how are they preparing for that," he adds.

"But his comeback is good for the country, no doubt about that. But you know it's not depending on me. So many other factors are there."

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