Much-loved former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David 'DVD' Mathebula has sent some wise words of advice to struggling star Siphelele 'Stash' Ntshangase.
During his time at Naturena, Mathebula was known as one of the more well-behaved footballers in the PSL and he would never disappoint once on the field.
Chiefs fans used to adore him but coaches would never make him a regular, a situation that forced him to say goodbye.
"Ja it's sad because Ntshangase is a very intelligent player, a very talented somebody," Mathebula tells KickOff.com.
"But obviously the coach also has his own system that he uses. Maybe he feels like he doesn't fit, but what I will say to him is he has to stay strong.
"The fact that we don't see [bad things about him] in the papers, it shows that he is trying his best to be professional. It's not easy not to play for such a long time while you are coming from an environment where you were playing regularly.
"People were expecting the best from him when he arrived at Chiefs you see, but he is a very good player. So I'm happy that he stays strong you know like you don't hear news or anything negative about him. That shows he has grown and he's a good professional."
Asked if he felt Ntshangase should sacrifice his playing style to accommodate Middendorp's, he agreed.
"Ja that's how it works, all professionals do the same thing. He was playing for the national team Ntshangase, and he was doing well for the national team you know.
"If other opportunities come where he can play, it would be good for him play. But I think he has done well so far in terms of respecting whatever is happening within Kaizer Chiefs. That's the only thing he can do for now, until end of the season you know.
"But if there are good teams wanting him and Chiefs allows then he should go. Remember when he was playing for the other teams, he wanted to improve his lifestyle as well. So obviously by joining Chiefs he gets a better salary.
"So it's good for him and his family. Sometimes it doesn't help to go and play for Mathebula's team where you earn less but you play more. At the end of the day you have nothing.
"So ja, it's a tricky situation but obviously we want to see him on the field."
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