Kaizer Chiefs: Baxter partly takes blame for Ngcobo’s lack of ‘enough’ game time

Kaizer Chiefs: Baxter partly takes blame for Ngcobo’s lack of ‘enough’ game time

Ngcobo was among the stars of the Amakhosi team under Gavin Hunt last season but he’s often found himself on the bench with Baxter as head coach.

In his defence, Baxter said while Ngcobo works hard to be in the Chiefs starting line-up, his biggest challenge is that he’s competing with senior players such as Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Bernard Parker for a place in his team.

Baxter said he admitted to his technical team and to Ngcobo himself that he’s struggling to find a suitable role for him in the current Chiefs team.

And that’s not because he doesn’t rate the 22-year-old nor does he not suit the Chiefs style of play. Baxter further said he hasn’t given up on Ngcobo.


Baxter went further to say he’s perhaps at fault for not being able to get the best out of Ngcobo but he also blamed the left-footer for not being able to adapt to the different positions he’s played him at Chiefs this season.

Ultimately, Baxter wants to see Ngcobo thrive and he hopes to find him a position the midfielder will enjoy and use to the benefit of the team in the long run.


“It’s a few things; one, Mshini always works hard in training. He’s a great lad. The way that we’re playing, he’s competing with Khama, Keagan and Bernard. He’s competing with our senior players,” Baxter told the media.

“I’ve struggled… I’ve said this to the technical staff, I’ve said this to Mshini, I’ve struggled to really find the best role for him.”

“That’s not saying he can’t play in the system that we play, but we’ve tried him as a false nine, we’ve tried him coming from the right, in the pocket in midfield and behind the front players,” said Baxter.

“But I’ve not gotten the best out of him yet, maybe it’s my fault, maybe his fault in adaptation. That’s not me giving up on him or I don’t rate him because I take every possibility I can to try and get him some minutes so he can feel comfortable with whatever role we give him.

“So, for Mshini, it’s a work in progress but for both of us, I hope we find a role for him that he enjoys, I hope the role benefits the team,” concluded Baxter.

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