Tue 16 Jan by Nick Said
New Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase admits even he was surprise by his move to the AmaKhosi this month, having only just arrived in the Premier Soccer League at Baroka FC.Chiefs have been long-term admirers of the 24-year-old, but have felt the price quoted to them in the past at his former club Black Leopards has been too rich.He subsequently moved to Baroka at the start of the campaign for much less than Lidoda Duvha has asked Chiefs for, and has now taken the rapid step up to Naturena."I think the issue of Ntshangase has been a thorny one with Chiefs supporters and the media in terms of us not wanting to pay for the player,” Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung told reporters this week."The chairman of Leopards [David Thidiela] made it clear at the time that even when he was injured‚ when we tried to acquire him‚ that Ntshangase could go to any other club at the price that was there, but as long as he went to Chiefs it [the price] was going to go sky high – talking about R6 million and all that.“He said it was because Chiefs have a special price tag. That obviously stifled the deal at the time."That is all history now though as Chiefs have acquired their man, who made his debut against Polokwane City in the 2-1 victory at the weekend.He is certainly not short on confidence, believing he could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the AmaKhosi."I have never been in this kind of situation, where I have so much competition. I now have to work extremely hard and that is what any player wants in their career," Ntshangase told reporters.“I made it clear as far back as 2015 that I wanted to play for Chiefs. I’ve been given clear instructions by the coach about my role. It’s not easy playing for Chiefs, especially if they are not winning trophies. I honestly think what has been missing in the last two seasons is the killer pass; the champagne pass."Komphela was impressed with the players’ showing against Polokwane, and also with his confidence off the pitch.“Everyone has seen what he can give in terms of game intelligence, you can see he is someone who can and he fits a profile of a No. 10. He has good technical ability,” Komphela said.“There is a very fine line between arrigance and confidence. Sometimes when you portray your confidence and pronounce it, it comes across as arrogance.“It is nice to have sports people with that kind of confidence but we just need to be part of his understanding because the minute he is misunderstood, it tips the scales.”Ntshangase was born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal but forged his reputation at Black Leopards in the National First Division.
He debuted for the club in the 2013/14 campaign and after four seasons, in which he made 95 starts (scoring 19 goals) and twice helped them to the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs, he left for Baroka FC.He made a decent impression at his new club, netting twice in a 3-1 victory over Chippa United, though he never completed a 90 minutes for them team.