Absa Premiership

Ntshangase struggling to adapt to Chiefs pressure

2018-03-02 07:37
Siphelele Ntshangase.(Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase admitted he is struggling to adapt to the high-pressure lifestyle which comes with playing for Amakhosi.

Having joined from Baroka in the January transfer window, Ntshangase has had a slow start to his spell at Naturena. He has started just two games, coming off the bench in five.

Speaking to the club's official website, the 24-year-old was brutally honest about his struggles in the famous gold and black jersey.

"I am used to the way Chiefs play," he said. "That’s not the problem, but I have been struggling a bit with consistency. That’s mainly because Chiefs are such a big club which comes with huge responsibilities.”

Ntshangase is preparing for his first Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, which is scheduled to kick off at 15:30 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Stepping out onto the pitch would see Ntshangase fulfill a childhood dream, having grown up admiring Amakhosi and drawing inspiration from his heroes Jabu Pule (Mahlangu), Brian Baloyi, Patrick Mabedi, Stanton Fredericks and Thabo Mooki.

"I loved the way they played," he explained. "That really got to me and that’s when I knew that I wanted to be part of a Soweto Derby one day."

Saturday's match is a vital one for Amakhosi, who trail league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by five points and second-placed Pirates by one. Ntshangase is determined not to let the chance to make his mark in a key fixture pass him by.

"I will make the most of the chance if given," he concluded. I will go beyond just doing my job."


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