The youngster, who left Kaizer Chiefs’ youth structures for USA’s Coastal Caroline Chanticleers in 2018, has now joined the Major League Soccer side FC Dallas.
Ntsabeleng, who previously featured for South Africa at U20 level, was linked with New York Red Bulls last year after he impressed while playing for Oregon State Beavers – a varsity sports team. However, he ultimately linked up with Dallas via a trade with New York City FC.
“For the most part of my career, I was told I was too small to play,” Ntsabeleng told FC Dallas’ media department. “But when I saw a team like Spain (who won the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa), with all short players winning the World Cup, it kind of gave me motivation and showed that it’s possible for everybody despite their size.
“And for me, that’s the biggest inspiration I got really. Even if you’re a small player, it doesn’t matter. If you work hard, you can still achieve your dreams.” he added.
In the 2022 Major League SuperDraft,Ntsabeleng was picked up 29th overall by FC Dallas
“Once I saw my name (drafted), I was speechless. I didn’t know how to react,” Ntsabeleng continued “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been working so hard for this, so to see it happen right in front of me, it’s amazing.
“(This contract) means a lot to me, especially for me and my dad,” Ntsabeleng added. “He taught me to always believe in hard work and sacrifice. This contract is dedicated to him. This means a lot to me and my family and it’s one step closer to the other big goals I have in life.”
Ntsabeleng played for Chiefs in the Multichoice Diski Challenge and he was a key member of the Amakhosi side that won the Multichoice Diski Shield side in 2018, while he was also a member of the Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team.