Article By: Phumzile Ngcatshe
Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has challenged midfielder and fan favourite Sphelele Ntshangase to work harder, explaining that he picks players based on merit. As he is struggling to make his mark under the former Bidvest Wits manager, Ntshangase last featured in the matchday squad for the Soweto giants against AmaZulu on January 13 where he was an unused substitute.
“Everybody’s working hard at training,” Hunt was quoted by The Citizen.”I can only pick what I see, and everybody needs to keep working hard – the ones that are in and the ones that are out, and hopefully force the hand.”
Although the former Baroka FC and Black Leopards’ creative playmaker has made five starts across all competitions thus far under Hunt, it seems former South Africa under-23 international is yet to convince the four-time Premier Soccer League winner that he deserves to be a regular.
“Everybody, since I’ve been here, has been given a chance, Ntshangase included,” added the Amakhosi mentor.”
We have the responsibility to pick the best 11 players who suit each other. But everybody’s been given a chance if you look at the team sheets since I’ve been here.”
The former SuperSport United coach prefers the likes of Lebogang Manyama and promising midfielders Njabulo Blom as well as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo ahead of Ntshangase so far this term.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Ntshangase will look to impress the technical team as he remains contracted at Naturena after his deal was extended by a further year last season.Having struggled for regular game time under ex-coach Ernst Middendorp, Ntshangase was heavily linked with a move from the Soweto giants before agreeing to a renewed contract in June 2020.
Coming back to their assignments, the Amakhosi boss will look to guide his troops to glory when they face Richards Bay FC in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday following their 2-1 loss at the hands of rivals Orlando Pirates in the DStv Premiership last weekend.