Rising star discusses Chiefs return

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Kaizer Chiefs budding star Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has spent more than a year working his way back from an injury and has opened up on his plans to return.

Ngcobo suffered an achilles injury during a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United in March last year, in what was his debut season for Chiefs.

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The 20-year-old midfielder was promoted from the club’s youth development at the start of the 2018/19 campaign but was only introduced to the PSL stage in the final third of the season.

But after two appearances under coach Ernst Middendorp, who has been vocal in his belief in the SA junior international, he suffered a serious setback that has sidelined him since.

With 11 minutes under his belt this season, Ngcobo had been hoping to re-establish himself in the log leaders’ setup before COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works.

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“At first it was challenging and really hard to accept the situation. I changed my daily routine and got used to being indoors at all times,” he opened up on the club’s website.

“As much as it is hard, I think there are some positives out of it, such as developing new skills. The hardest part about this lockdown is that it happened when I was making good progress. 

“I was getting ready and happy to be back on the field. I believe that it’s a challenge for my mental strength. I just need to stay positive, motivated and focus on the bigger picture.”

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The young star has been working his way back to match-fitness under coach Arthur Zwane in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, which has since been put off with only a handful of games remaining in the campaign.

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