Kaizer Chiefs have been handed a boost ahead of this weekend's Telkom Knockout semi-final with news that young midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is edging closer to his return.
Ngcobo could soon be back in action for Chiefs first team after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, which he suffered in March after just his first two games.
The 20-year-old made his debut for Amakhosi when he came on at half-time to help his side to a 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United, before earning his first start in the following game against SuperSport United but lasted just 76 minutes prior to being forced off through injury.
Coach Ernst Middendorp had been raving about the Amajita star, who was named in last year's Africa U-20 Cup of Nations Best XI in Niger before missing the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland in May.
“This is a fantastic, quality, outstanding [talent], and it is really something that I believe if he had started [in the first team] at the beginning of the [2018/19] season and consistently working with the squad, where he could be now," said Middendorp back in March.
The German further relished the Chiefs youth graduate's expected return in September, though this has since been delayed, and good news is that Ngcobo is edging closer to a full return to the senior team after enjoying 90 minutes for the reserve team on Saturday.
The diminutive attacker had been slowly working his way back under coach Arthur Zwane in the Multichoice Diski Challenge, but finally managed a full game at high intensity in the Soweto Derby defeat to Orlando Pirates at Dobsonville Stadium, where Middendorp had been watching on.
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The youngster could now be in line for his first minutes of the season when The Glamour Boys face Maritzburg United – coincidently the side against which he made his professional debut last season – in the cup clash at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday (15h00).