He has a wealth of experience, having held a variety of positions in the South African Football Association, including the position of Bafana Bafana head coach, but admits that working with Chiefs is a different task.
“It's been a steep learning curve for me, but it's been well worth it. In an interview with www.kaizerchiefs.com, Ntseki remarked, "We are working in a huge club in a big institution with so many role players, we need to know and understand how to work with them."
Ntseki has been hard at work with all of the club's institutions since his appointment. While the first team's 2021-22 season has just begun, the younger teams are nearing the end of their 2021 season, which was extended owing to delays caused by Covid-19.
The club's younger sides are doing well in the current Gauteng Development League (GDL) season, and he's hoping for some silverware before beginning preparations for the following season and preparing the next group of development players for first-team action.
“The senior team players and staff have been inducted, and the junior team players and personnel will be inducted in the upcoming season. We have six games left in the season, after which we shall return the next year and begin preparations. “I believe things will go well in the GDL, and we will hopefully win the GDL,” says Ntseki.
While preserving the club's culture and principles is important to him, he is equally focused on his role of putting in place a new structure that will benefit the club.
“You have to hit the ground running and implement what the club is looking forward to attaining while you have the club values and culture,” Ntseki adds.
In the crucial final two matches of the 2020/2021 season, he was all hands on deck and involved with the first team's coaching staff, ensuring progression to the MTN8.
While he wishes Chiefs had gone on a longer run in the MTN8, he was not disappointed with their performance in the quarter-final against Mamelodi Sundowns, and praised their tactical versatility.
“We were looking forward to reaching the semi-finals after playing Sundowns, which is always a ‘A' match. Regrettably, we lost due to penalties. The team played well, but we dropped two goals early on. We committed mistakes, which resulted in goals being conceded, but we did well to adjust our tactical approach and take the game to penalties,” Ntseki says of Sundowns' tight knockout loss.
He also commented on the Chiefs' first two league games, stating that "the two league games versus Galaxy and Baroka were really crucial for us." We wanted to do well in the first match, win, and grab three points to boost our morale and give us a break before the second match against Baroka. The tactical plan was to win the Galaxy game, but we were unable to do it due to a tie. But every point is crucial; you'll need them at the conclusion of the season.”
Ntseki believes the Chiefs' performance against Baroka in their second game was a step in the right way.
“We scored two nice goals in the first half against Baroka. We let an avalanche of goals and chances slip through our fingers, which were the result of excellent teamwork and tactical awareness. “We conceded the odd goal in the second half, but it was a nice win,” Ntseki says.
The seasoned coach also plays an important role in the Chiefs' production line, which produces some of the greatest players in the country.
“We've had preparation meetings in the academy, and we owe a debt of gratitude to everyone at the club who has had the players examined, and we've cooperated. This week, we began our preparations. The coaches completed their microcycles, and we hosted Highlands Park for our first game. Everyone was prepared for the start of the game. We want to perform well and win the league in the remaining games,” Ntseki adds of the club's academy prospects.
Ntseki is quite complimentary of the foundation he inherited and is now tasked with enhancing.
“When it comes to the club concept and manual, I've read and comprehended the KC youth development academy guidebook. “I have to applaud the people who worked on the handbook since it provides information on what the club wants from its development in terms of tactical, physical, psychological, and social aspects of player development,” Ntseki explains.
Now is the time for him and his many teammates in the technical and football departments of the club to put their words into action.
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