The coach who elevated dreadlocked midfielder Siyethemba Sithebe to the DStv Premiership has shared what the 30-year-old ought to do to last at Kaizer Chiefs.
Sithebe is facing stiff competition at Kaizer Chiefs in his central midfield position. In the new, he has started in one DStv Premiership game against Mamelodi Sundowns back in August.
And it is the likes of Edson Castillo, Mduduzi Mdantsane, and Yusuf Maart, who have enjoyed reasonable game time.
Siyethemba Sithebe joined Kaizer Chiefs from AmaZulu last season amid so much expectations.
In truth, he has not lived upto his biling. As a result his future at the club became subject of speculation in recent weeks, with his failure to make it into the first team remaining conspicuous.
The former AmaZulu FC midfielder has 29 DStv Premiership appearances for Chiefs in his two seasons with the club.
WHAT SIYETHEMBA SITHEBE NEEDS TO DO
While he has been reduced to a fringe player, his former coach at AmaZulu Joey Antipas shared what the player needs to do.
“Sithebe is a quality player. But he still needs to work hard and understand that he is playing for a Glamour club. Its not easy there,” Antipas told FARPost.
“He should chin up and fight for his place. The new additions [Edson Castillo and Mduduzi Mdantsane] obviously bring something new.
“But his advantage is that he is familiar with the club philosophy more than them. They are new and he has been there for a season.”
FOLLOWING THE WILLARD KATSANDE TEMPLATE
Joey Antipas believes the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder can draw lessons from how Willard Katsande fared at the Naturena.
“Willard Katsande is one of the players that was simple at Kaizer Chiefs. He wasn’t classy but he did justice in his position. He was simple in all respects.
“I think he [Siyethemba Sithebe] can take lessons from him. Sometimes all a player needs is to be grounded and be able to realize the best out of himself,” Antipas added.