Ngcobo had a breakout season with Kaizer Chiefs last season but has struggled to match that level under Baxter. Ngcobo, who was a regular starter for previous Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt, has not earned the same trust from current Amakhosi coach Baxter.
Under Baxter, Ngcobo has yet to start a game for Amakhosi this season and has been limited to three substitute appearances. Those three showings have totaled only 55 minutes. That lack of game time contrasts sharply with his 34 appearances for the club out of a possible 40 in the previous season.
As Kaizer Chiefs have struggled to score goals this season, Baxter's selections have come under scrutiny. The Amakhosi supporters have called into question the coach's strategy and the team's lack of exciting football. As a result, there have been numerous calls for Ngcobo to enter the fray and gain the confidence of the coach.
Baxter, on the other hand, has not budged thus far, and young Ngcobo continues to play as an impact player off the bench. But that seems not to bother the young player, and speaking to kickoff, he disclosed that he is willing to play when Chiefs need him.
“Coming in as a sub always comes with pressure since you need to impact the game, influence the game,” says the player. I think I did okay with the few minutes I had [in previous matches], but I can improve, and if I get 15 minutes or more, I can try to help the team score a goal.” Ngcobo stated.
Chiefs travel to Marumo Gallants on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see if Ngcobo is able to play.
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