Thu. Oct 21st, 2021

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has admitted he had no seen Njabulo Ngcobo play, prior to him taking charge of the club. 

Ngcobo is yet to make his debut for Chiefs and despite plenty of cries from club fans and agents alike, Baxter hasn’t budged. 

NGCOBO JOINED CHIEFS AMIDST HUGE FUNFAIR

The lanky centre back joined Chiefs as a marquee signing from Soweto rivals Swallows FC during the recently closed transfer window. Chiefs had been linked to the player for the bulk of the previous season, and at certain intervals, were thought to have already reached an agreement to sign him. On many of those occasions, the news proved to be premature, however. 

CHIEFS AND PLAYER ALREADY HAD AGREEMENT IN JANUARY

Then after what proved to be an intense battle with rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs would eventually emerge victorious as they announced the signing of Ngcobo. The player’s agent has also revealed that, he chose Amakhosi despite Sundowns offering him and Swallows a bigger deal during the transfer window. 

Ngcobo had already struck an agreement on personal terms with Chiefs and did not want to go back on his word, despite reports that had emerged that Sundowns were close to reaching an agreement with Swallows for his services. 

MET WITH AN ANTI-CLIMAX

When he arrived at Naturena, there was plenty of clamour about his signing, which would not have come as a surprise, with Ngcobo winning the DStv Premiership’s Defender of the Season Award last season. What did, come as a surprise however, is the lack of game time that he has since received at Chiefs under Baxter who is yet to hand him his debut.

Baxter has preferred the tried and tested duo of Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso at the back, a pair Ngcobo has had to play second fiddle to. That has irritated Chiefs fans and Baxter, speaking to the media ahead of the Glamour Boys game against Royal AM again touched on the topic and gave more context. 

BAXTER GIVES CONTEXT

“Of course, I didn’t see him (Ngcobo) play last year. I wasn’t in South Africa. So, he’s a new player to me and I’m a new coach to him, his teammates are new. We are hoping that we get him up to speed very quickly and have him as a completely integrated player,” said  Baxter

“The reason (for Ngcobo not starting for Chiefs) is that I had never seen him before. You talk about last season, I didn’t see one minute of last season, so the first minute I saw him was when I walked through the gate at Naturena.

“Njabulo is obviously going to have to make himself known to me, and me to him, for us to work together and see how quickly we can get him in. We had virtually no pre-season. We had, I think, one practice game, so therefore he’s had very little chance to make a lasting impression.

“He’s done very well in training, as has Austin (Dube) and at the moment it’s a question of trying to ease them both into the scheme of things (at Chiefs). If you throw them in the deep end then you may break their chances of establishing themselves.” Added Baxter 

Do you think Ngcobo will start for Chiefs against Royal AM?

By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *