IT TOOK Kaizer Chiefs so long to sign Siphelele Ntshangase who declared his desire to play for Amakhosi in public a few years ago.
Having finally achieved his dream of playing for the Glamour Boys after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, Ntshangase believes Chiefs would not have gone for two full seasons without winning anything had they signed him earlier.
The 24 year old watched in pain as his team he grew up supporting failed to win any silverware in the last two seasons and assessing what he thinks was the problem, he was quick to say he was the only missing puzzle.
“Remember Chiefs are in a two-year spell without winning a cup, so I’m hoping that the supporters will see good football now and trophies will follow,” Ntshangase said after he was unveiled yesterday at the club’s headquarters in Naturena.
“The first day when I arrived, I spoke to coach Steve Komphela and he told me what’s happening at Chiefs. I was aware that whatever he is telling me I’m ready for the challenge.
“Playing at Chiefs is not easy especially when they are not winning trophies. What has been missing in the last two seasons is the killer pass I have. That champaign pass to give the chance for strikers to score goals.” He might be right as in those two seasons, Chiefs have not scored enough goals to win any competitions.
Ntshangase, who joined the club from Baroka FC after telling them his desire to join Chiefs, is known for his through passes and his creativity will make a difference in Amakhosi’s attack. “I’m more than ready to face a new challenge, so the only thing I need to do is to make the fans happy. “I’m like a king now when I walk in the streets, everyone kneels down when they see me. Everyone is happy and I’m happy. “I love competition because you don’t relax. The only thing I need to do is work hard.
“I knew that one day I will join Chiefs, I kept my head down and kept working. Since 2015 if I’m not mistaken I wanted to join Chiefs. Now I’m in the right place.”
Ntshangase also hopes the move to Chiefs will revive his career and be able to return to Bafana Bafana in future after his progress was delayed by a careerthreatening ankle injury while at National First Division side Black Leopards.
“In life, you meet many challenges and I think having a long injury was one of the challenges I faced. “But I’m hoping I will get back to where I was before getting the injury.”