Kaizer Chiefs interim head coach Cavin Johnson says it’s crucial to ensure Nkosingiphile Ngcobo returns to full fitness as he will be a key player for the club.
The 23-year-old playmaker had his first league start for the club since the opening game of the season and displayed glimpses of his quality during his time on the pitch.
At times, the Cape Town Spurs players struggled to keep up with him as he orchestrated several of Chiefs’ attacks in the 3-2 win over the Urban Warriors.
However, after being left out of the starting line-up eight times in the last nine games, questions arose about why he’s been on the sidelines despite his ability to make Amakhosi tick.
“Mshini is the young Kaizer Chiefs player of the future, I think he just needs to work on his match fitness but he has had a major injury, many of you know that he’s just come back, he was out for I think six months,” Johnson said.
“He’s just come back this season and shown his capabilities and if we can get him back to where he should be as soon as possible, then he will play more often.”
Despite the win, conceding four goals, two against Spurs and two in the 2-1 defeat to Golden Arrows in Johnson’s first two games is admittedly a concern heading into the Soweto Derby this weekend, but the former Al Ahly assistant coach was calm about it.
“That’s not something we can solve overnight, I think it’s also about the partnership of the two center-backs, left-back and right-back, and how they complement each other,” Johnson explained.
“We’ve noticed that we’ve conceded four goals in two games, which is not good for a team as big as Kaizer Chiefs, but like all other teams, we will analyze it and try to address it.”
Chiefs will aim to continue their winning streak when they face Orlando Pirates on Saturday at the FNB Stadium (15h30).