The reasons why Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane chose Siyabonga Ngezana over Njabulo Ngcobo have been revealed.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has explained why he chose Siyabonga Ngezana over Njabulo Ngcobo in their win over Stellenbosch.
Chiefs were without Zitha Kwinika for the first time this season against Stellies after he was suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards and Zwane opted to recall Ngezana instead of Ngcobo.
‘10111’ revealed that they had to work on Ngezana after costly errors against Mamelodi Sundowns affected his game.
“Siya is a top player for me. Yes, football is a game of mistakes, unfortunately he made a mistake in a category A game against Sundowns,” Zwane told journalists in a press conference.
“And as you know after that game he was not himself and we had to work on him to build him. He’s a top player, there’s no doubt about it.
“And that is why when you look at the character he showed, he gave us that balance. He’s a fighter, he’s good in one v one situations,” he said.
“He’s a good header of the ball, he was solid. I’m proud of him. I’m also happy to see him being so solid for the entire 90 minutes.”
Ngezana is a product of the club’s academy and Zwane went on to say that he is happy to see the club reaps the rewards of the blueprint they setup seven or eight years ago when he was involved in the development structures.
“You must have seen even our youngsters because of the structure that is in place in development that we started seven years, if not eight years ago when we started this way of playing,” he carried on.
“We knew that with time we’ll start dominating. You must have seen our boys they just won Engen (Champ of Champs, U-18) tournament, they just won (U13) GDL (Gauteng Development League) that side, DDC (DStv Diski Challenge) squad they won a cup (Diski Shield last season).
“The only thing that we need to focus on is the way of playing, the results will always come when you have a way of playing and because we’ve been building this thing for the past seven years, now you can see something good is coming from our development,” he said.
“And the only time we can encourage these players is by giving them the opportunity so that those who are doing well in the DDC, U-19 and all those divisions, they have hope.
“If they see (Samkelo) Zwane playing they then have something to look up to and say, ‘I also want to push, I want to be in the first team’,” he added.