Chiefs Legend – He Can Be Our ‘Shakes’ Vs Wydad
Donald ‘Ace’ Khuse has praised Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, saying he can emulate Kaizer Chiefs’ Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane against Wydad Casablanca.
The legendary Amakhosi midfielder was a member of Chief’s first team that participated in the African Club of Champions Cup – the predecessor of the current CAF Champions League – back in 1993.
Khuse and his teammates, though, fell short in 1993 bowing out in the second round against eventual winners Zamalek but insisted the late Shakes frustrated their opponents before saying Ngcobo could do the same against Wydad.
“We should have won the Champions League in 1993,” he told the club’s media department.
“We had the will to win and the unity. In the first leg against Zamalek, Isaac Kungoane played the best game I have ever seen him play in a Chiefs shirt.
“You need a playmaker of that caliber to frustrate them. They will not know whether to attack or defend.
“It was important having a player who was so skilful and tactically advanced. He could marshal the midfield and lay on telling passes.
“We have Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who I believe can do that for Chiefs, and play the role of frustrating the opponents.”
So far, Chiefs have won one CAF trophy on continent, namely the African Cup Winners Cup in 2001.
This time around, they have reached the semi-final of the CAF Champions League for a first time, becoming the third South African team behind Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns to reach the last four of the competition.