Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala could be heading to Europe. Image: Goal.com

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala could be heading to Europe. Image: Goal.com

“The boy is lazy” – Kaizer Chiefs supporter not impressed by fan favourite

Time to say goodbye?

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala could be heading to Europe. Image: Goal.com

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala could be heading to Europe. Image: Goal.com

Kaizer Chiefs favourite Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has lots of work to do, according to a disgruntled fan on the internet!


Ngcobo’s future at Kaizer Chiefs is unclear

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, loved within the club by large sections of fans for his skills and impressive work ethic, has battled injuries in the last two campaigns. In 2023-2024 he made 12 appearances in the league. That goes with 13 in the whole of last season and 16 in the one before. In 2020-21, his best campaign at the club, he managed four goals in 25 league outings. At his best, Ngcobo is a wonderful option in the number 10 position because of his counter-pressing and technical ability. The Chiefs technical team must prioritize his fitness otherwise difficult decisions will need to be made in the long term.

SoccerLaduma reckons Chiefs are going to make a U-Turn on Ngcobo’s future this winter and a fan in the comments of this article didn’t hold back in his critique! Unlike those supporters who admire Ngcobo’s work rate, this fan thinks he’s lazy.

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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo divides opinion. Photo: ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Player exits loom large

Top earners Keagan Dolly, Itumeleng Khune and Zitha Kwinika could all leave Naturena this winter in a massive clearout. Legendary ‘keeper Khune isn’t extending his contract, Dolly’s injury problems are mounting and Kwinika won’t have a guaranteed place in the starting XI with Given Msimango and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe now the preferred combination in the centre of defence. It would be difficult to justify keeping any of these players while their wages continue to suffocate the club’s balance sheet. Could 24-year-old Ngcobo be one of the players in jeopardy of leaving too?


A DOLLY DILEMMA FOR AMAKHOSI

Keagan Dolly, once of Montpellier and Sundowns, joined Chiefs just under three years ago in July 2021. Reports circulating in recent weeks indicated the 31-year-old wasn’t willing to take a pay cut on his next contract and that was the sticking point in negotiations with the club. Dolly currently earns R17.5m annually at Naturena. However, according to KickOff.com, that’s not the major issue for the player. The creative midfielder is waiting to see who arrives as head coach before deciding on his future. Perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope for him with attack-minded Nasreddine Nabi waiting in the wings?


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