“It’s going to be an emotional game,” comments Siphelele Ntshangase about Kaizer Chiefs’ Telkom Knockout Last 16 fixture against his former side, Black Leopards. “I still have some friends at Leopards. However, I am now a Khosi. I want to win trophies and that’s why I came to Chiefs.”
The midfielder joined Leopards in 2013. “They gave me a chance to become a professional footballer,” he looks back. Ntshangase moved to Baroka FC in 2017 before becoming a Glamour Boy at the beginning of this year.
The 25-year-old feels that Leopards will come with “all-guns blazing, because they have nothing to lose”. He adds that he would have done the same if he were still in the black and yellow colours of Leopards, because “it’s an opportunity to shine and be noticed”.
Ntshangase points out that “we respect Leopards, but we will have to look at the bigger picture and that’s that we want to progress to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout”.
On Sunday, Chiefs won the Macufe Cup after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0. “We took a lot of positives out of that game,” the skillful midfielder says. “And we have been working hard at training to further improve.”
Ntshangase is convinced that the Amakhosi supporters will come in numbers to FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 21 October (kick-off at 15:30). “I am sure our supporters will be there and be our 12th man, because we are playing good football. To be honest, we haven’t even reached our best yet.”
Tickets for what promises to be an exciting Telkom Knockout Last 16 clash between Chiefs and Leopards can be bought at R40 per person at TicketPro outlets countrywide – CNA, Spar, Edgars and Jet.
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