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Is this the reason why Ntshangase is not playing under Hunt at Chiefs? [opinion]

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By @Thatob_ | self meida writer
Published 1 months ago - 0 views

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase has divided opinion on whether he is given enough game time to prove himself or whether coaches are using him in his right position at Amakhosi.

Since joining the club in 2018, Ntshangase has been in and out of the team, spending most of time on the sidelines despite not picking up any long term injury.

Former coach Ernst Middendorp suggested that Ntshangase does not do enough work off the ball, as the reason for him not get a starting berth in his side and the German coach was criticised for saying the former Black Leopards midfield does not have any other skill set than to just pass the ball over and over.

With Hunt joining Chiefs at the beginning of the season, there were hopes that Ntshangase could be given a fair chance to prove himself and also save his career at the Soweto giants.

However, the former Bidvest Wits coach also has a problem with Ntshangase's work rate and suggested that he needs to work hard to get a place in the line-up.

But has Hunt given him a fair chance to prove his worth?

"Everybody, since I’ve been here, has been given a chance, Ntshangase included," Hunt told the Citizen.

"We have the responsibility to pick the best 11 of players who suit each other. But everybody’s been given a chance if you look at the team sheets since I’ve been here."

Since Hunt says he has given Ntshangase a chance and he does not get game time, it is obvious that he is not convinced by his performances.

But has Ntshangase being played in his right position? He seems to be suited to play a number ten role, just behind the striker but in that role Hunt prefers Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, if he plays that system.

But if his system is without a number ten, which is the case in most games, he would need need two or sometimes three central midfielders, who have the ability to win and distribute the ball.

Njabulo Blom, Daniel Cardoso and Kearyn Baccus have all being used in the engine room, all whom play deep, with the creative responsibility being given to Lebogang Manyama and Ngcobo or Happy Mashiane.

So it is clear that the current system that Hunt plays stifles Ntshangase out of the team as he is not a type of a player that has the graft to tackle and run from box-to-box.

A good example would be former Arsenal player Mesut Ozil, who was frozen out of the Gunners team for not fitting in the system that needs all players to track back when they lose the ball.

The modern game requires a lot of running without the ball and Ntshangase's game suffers as a result.

Midfielders like him are being left behind by the game and the sooner he works on his defensive game the better, for his career's sake.

Do you think Ntshangase still has a future at Chiefs?

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