Kaizer Chiefs have highlighted what they have been doing to keep rising star Nkosingiphile 'Mshini' Ngcobo able to dish out the kind of encouraging displays as he did on Sunday evening.
Ngcobo was a thorn in the flesh for Sekhukhune United in the 2-0 win at FNB Stadium providing the piercing effect that gave AmaKhosi the edge over their opponents.
It was only the second 90 minutes shift that the 22-year-old has put in this term from the seven appearances that he has this term.
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"Sometimes in football more especially when we come from a season that was very tough for us playing Champions League and playing in the domestic league and cup games at the same time.
"So, him and Njabulo and many other youngsters played a lot of games, and you could see that they were dropping a little bit having fatigue here and there. We had to manage him, and you can see that now he is coming back, and he is alive again and we are happy to see him especially in this game today showcasing his skills and talent," says club assistant Arthur Zwane.
Ngcobo has already attracted interest from Belgium but will need to be consistent, commanding and less wasteful as he grows for AmaKhosi who played minus both Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly for the first time this season.
Billiat and Dolly are amongst the players still in isolation following the outbreak of covid-19 at the club’s base in the last two weeks.
This has opened a window of opportunity for those down the pecking order to have a sniff at first-team action.
"For a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ calibre, we should have all the players being able to go out there and compete when they are given the opportunity to play for the team. And yes, we are proud of them in that they went in there and gave their best and managed to grind the result which is something which will also help them going forward and start believing in themselves even more.
"So, we are proud of them and credit to them as well because it was never going to be easy playing against a team that are hard runners and who always pose that challenge in terms of physicality. They are still shocked that they performed the way they did because it was difficult at training as players kept on suffering," says Zwane.