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Ngcobo – I Learned So Much From Coach Ernst

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Nkosingiphile “Mshini” Ngcobo has praised both Ernst Middendorp and Gavin Hunt for his development in the first first team.

Despite Amakhosi’s struggles this season, the attacking midfielder is one of the breakout stars this season in the DTSV Premiership.

Ngcobo, who turned 21 in November last year, just a month after the 2020/2021 season had kicked off, has come off age this season under Hunt, playing a total of 35 matches matches, scoring four goals and providing one assist in all competitions so far. 

A product of the Chiefs academy, where his skills polished by current assistant coach Arthur Zwane and other development coaches, Ngcobo will never forget the teachings of his previous coaches.

After starting with Middendorp last season but with some limited game time, he has also adjusted under Hunt this campaign. 

“They taught us that in the development to be strong. And make sure that we always on the field and give our best. When we got promoted to the first team, it was not that difficult,” he said.

“We just had to keep on pushing and making sure that we take the coach’s instructions and make sure that we do it for ourselves and for the team.

“I think as a player you need to be able to handle the transition from another coach to another coach. But yeah, I think I’ve learned so much from coach Ernst and I’m also learning so much from coach Gavin.

“So yeah, I’m just working hard every day, making sure that I’m doing well,” said Ngcobo. 

The Pietermaritzburg-born midfielder with a sweet left foot, has been used more an impact player in recent matches, having been a regular starter for the better part of this season, a far cry from last season where he only played two matches throughout the campaign. 

“Yeah, I think this was the great opportunity. And, I think we used it, made sure that we work hard and contribute to the team’s performance,” he added.

“So I think it was a good season for some of us, especially the young ones, but as a team, I think we didn’t do the way we wanted to, but I think there are a lot of positives, and going forward, I think we gonna be better.” 

Following a 2-0 win at home against Angola’s Petro de Luanda, Ngcobo also made the CAF Champions League team of the week after he had provided an assist to another Chiefs academy graduate Happy Mashiane. 

“Yeah, I think the CAF Champions League made me grow individually, and also as a team, it gave us different challenges, and I think we are managing them. So I think we’re doing very well. And, yeah, we just need to keep on improving every game,” concluded Ngcobo.