The situation facing a quartet of former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns players battling for game time at a GladAfrica Championship club has been detailed.
Jabulani Shongwe, Sibusiso Khumalo, Lucky Mohomi and Enocent Mkhabela who have all played for either Chiefs or Sundowns are now at Venda FC in the first division having all joined this season.
However, none of them has been a regular with the club remaining within touching distance of the top.
Johnny Ferreira, the head coach at Venda who has already parted ways with Roggert Nyundu provides an update on the four.
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Jabulani Shongwe – three league appearances
"He has battled with the tempo of the league and that is why he hasn't played much but remains a good player. The pace of the game in this league is quicker than the PSL where intelligence is higher. In the NFD it is a lot more physical, furious and a lot more frantic. This is a promotional league where priority is getting the results less than how you get them," says Ferreira.
Sibusiso Khumalo – seven league appearances
"He has had opportunities because he is extremely talented but again the tempo of this league has left him and Shongwe not being able to get to the pace. They remain good club players with a professional approach and if they persevere, they might be the catalyst that can take us into the top three, but they have to show us that they want to start and finish the game. You cannot complain if a player is 32 and cannot only play 40 minutes. We need players that can play for 95 minutes," says the coach.
Lucky Mohomi – six appearances
"He has battled with the pace, but he is intelligent. The way football is played here can be unforgiving because at times you play all systems in one game to win games. However, I’m honoured to work with such players," notes Ferreira.
Enocent Mkhabela – two appearances
"Very good player. Intelligent. Experienced but has been unfortunate that in the position where he plays, we have other experienced players and they have done so well. It has been very difficult for him to break into the team, but he is a top professional and I have a lot of respect for him because he trains hard and I have a lot of respect for him," he explains.