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Opinion - Ngezana to get rest, new signing to step up?

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane will have a tough decision to make when they host Richards Bay in the DStv Premiership encounter at Moses Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Chiefs will be coming off a big defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns, where question marks were raised of the centre-back combination of Siyabonga Ngezana and Zitha Kwinika.

Ngezana obviously had a day to forget after two costly errors led to the Brazilians getting a two-goal lead early in the game, which in all honesty ruined the entire game plan.

However, over and above Ngezana's costly mistakes, there has been suggestions from fans that the 24-year old does not make a good centre-back partnership with Kwinika, as they are both seemingly similar type of players.

The kind of big errors committed by Ngezana in such a huge game have a tendency to define players careers, that's why there has been support from within the club to help him recover emotionally, mentally and psychologically.

"It [support] started directly after the game, us as players, the coaching staff, and everyone assured him that it is part of the game and it is something that he needs to learn from," Dolly told journalists during Chiefs Media open day at Naturena on Thursday, per Soccer Laduma.

"We are just here to help each other. This season it’s a brotherhood; we are in this together. We explained to him [Ngezana] that we win together and lose together.

"Against Maritzburg, we were all celebrating as we won 3-0, against Sundowns, we had to take it. It is part of football and part of our journey, we just need to minimise those mistakes and try to create more chances and score goals," he added.

Will it be too early for Zwane to include Ngezana back into the starting line-up against the Natal Rich Boyz?

Ngezana's substitute against Sundowns, Njabulo Ngcobo, who came on at half-time, did not improve Chiefs' defence, as he was exposed for lack of man-marking skills by Masandawana attackers, who are adept of taking players on.

In particular, Ngcobo, in my opinion, should have done better to prevent Abubaker Nasir to score the fourth goal, as he just back-pedaled and watched him do all the tricks and gave him room to shoot.

So if Zwane feels Ngezana should be rested, so he can recover mentally, emotionally and psychologically, another option that he has is new signing Edmilson Dove.

Dove is primarily a left-back but is also comfortable playing as a centre-back and one wonders whether he can form a good partnership with Kwinika, although it's not clear whether his paperwork has been finalised for him to be available for selection.

By Thato Bosoga

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