The former Swallows FC defender replaced Siyabonga Ngezana last Saturday at halftime after the latter had allowed Mamelodi Sundowns to score twice. Njabulo Ngcobo's Kaizer Chiefs career has had a stop-start beginning, but he may now be prepared to stake out a permanent position in the center of the Amakhosi defense.
Ngcobo has had a weird journey with the Chiefs so far because he entered with huge expectations but doesn't seem to have had many chances to properly establish himself.
One of the reasons for that was Stuart Baxter's attempt to switch from being a holding midfielder to coaching Ngcobo.
The Chiefs had too many seasoned center backs last season. This was an issue because Baxter generally maintained faith in players like Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso, and Erick Mathoho rather than placing some of the veterans on the bench or in the sidelines (both of whom have since departed the squad).
Baxter's optimism wasn't fully realized, though, as none of the defenders were able to play at their absolute best for an extended period of time.
In terms of chances to play in the middle of defense, Ngcobo, Ngezana, and another recent arrival, Austin Dube, were left to fend for themselves.
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