Amakhosi’s Ngezana Speaks Out On The Team’s Defence After Criticism
Despite some high-profile mistakes made by their defence in recent matches, Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana has sought to downplay concerns about the team’s defensive vulnerabilities. The club’s defence has been a weak point this season, prompting the recent signing of defender Njabulo Blom from Orlando Pirates.
However, with the team continuing to struggle defensively, Chiefs have reportedly secured a pre-contract agreement for further reinforcement in the form of Buhle Mkhwanazi from Bidvest Wits.
Ngezana has commented on their recent performances and the need to address any shortcomings in order to improve their form.
Kaizer Chiefs have been experiencing defensive issues in the current season, conceding a total of 24 goals in 21 Premier Soccer League matches.
Their defenders have been responsible for several costly errors this year, particularly in the team’s 4-0 defeat to AmaZulu, their 1-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns, and their 3-2 defeat to Golden Arrows.
The team has been working to address these issues, with recent signings and other measures being taken to shore up their defence and improve their performances on the field.
At the end of January, Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane took action against Zitha Kwinika, dropping him from the squad for the match against Royal AM due to his recent errors. Instead, Siyabonga Ngezana was selected to start in his place.
However, when Edmilson Dove was unable to play in the subsequent match against Golden Arrows due to illness, Austin Dube was brought in as a replacement. Unfortunately, Chiefs struggled defensively in this match, highlighting the need for the team to address their defensive issues moving forward.
Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana recently commented on the team’s defensive issues, acknowledging that mistakes are a natural part of the game.
He praised coach Arthur Zwane for his positive approach to handling errors, reminding the team that “football is the game of mistakes” and that making mistakes is a necessary part of the learning process.
Ngezana also spoke about how the team can learn and grow from their mistakes, and emphasized that everyone, including professionals, is susceptible to making errors.
Despite the challenges they’ve faced this season, Ngezana and the rest of the team remain committed to improving their performance on the field.
Kaizer Chiefs’ recent struggles with their defence have been linked to a lack of depth in the squad. Injuries to key players such as Reeve Frosler and Dillan Solomons have meant that defenders Siyabonga Ngezana and Zitha Kwinika have been rotated as right-backs.
In addition, the team has been forced to make desperate decisions due to a shortage of available players, such as the selection of Austin Dube against Golden Arrows when regular defender Edmilson Dove was unable to play due to illness.
To address these issues, coach Arthur Zwane has taken steps to reinforce the team’s defence, securing SuperSport United defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe on a pre-contract.
The Botswana national team captain is expected to officially join Chiefs in July, providing additional depth and experience to the squad in the coming season.
As Kaizer Chiefs prepare to face Richards Bay on Saturday, defender Siyabonga Ngezana is expected to start in the absence of key players Dillan Solomons, Reeve Frosler, and Erick Mathoho.
Ngezana will be looking to build on the team’s recent success, including their clean sheet against Orlando Pirates in their most recent match. With Chiefs’ defence facing scrutiny this season, Ngezana will be eager to demonstrate his ability to help secure a positive result for the team.