Chiefs coach cools Ngcobo flattery

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt is fully aware of the young talent at his disposal but has guarded against giving certain players what is often referred to as 'big heads'.

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The likes of Njabulo Blom, Happy Mashiane, Siyabonga Ngezana and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo have steadily broken into the senior team and have already been afforded more opportunities early on in Hunt's tenure.

One standout player in particular whom many fans have been raving over is Ngcobo, and with his confidence growing with each passing game, expectations for the 21-year-old are slowly rising.

However, Hunt has assured he will not allow the junior national team star to get ahead of himself, and discussed the areas of his game that still need improvement.

"I won't say much to him, but if he drops below the standard then he won't play, and he knows. But every young player will go through that, ups and downs," said the veteran tactician.

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"What he does off the ball is the most important thing. I mean he's got so much ability, the boy, he could have scored and had two or three chances in the last couple of games as well.

"So, that's the next step that he's got to take, but also what he's got to do is be better with the ball, and those are things he's got to have in him.

"I can only give him the platform, show him, explain to him [what to do] and coach him, but it's up to the boy [to come to the fore].

"What we mustn't do, and we do too much in South Africa, is they have one good game and then we blow them up. We've got to keep his feet on the ground and really demand more from him, which I think he's got.

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"But be it as it may, we can't just have players with ability, we've got to have players doing the right things and let's take it one step at a time.

"He's played three games now, I was only here for a week and I put him straight in, and I think the next step is, as I said, for him to try to get on the scoresheet."

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