DStv Premiership

Tembo will toughen Ngobeni up, says Mngqithi

Manqoba Mngqithi is of the view that Sifiso Ngobeni is not yet ready to compete for a place in the star-starred Mamelodi Sundowns side.

Ngobeni recently joined SuperSport United on loan for the remainder of the season after struggling for some game time at Sundowns.

The Sundowns co-coach, Mngqithi, said the loan move will benefit the left-back.

“We felt for his development pathway that it was important that he gets some game time because in the first round of the season, he did not get as many matches, and that concerns us because we believe he’s got a lot to give the club,” said Mngqithi.

“But the expectations of the club at times can be very difficult, and when you consider in that list of players that he’s competing with, he’s got Lyle Lakay, Divine Lunga and Aubrey Modiba, then it becomes difficult for a youngster like him to crack it,” added the Sundowns coach.

Ngobeni, 24, penned a five-year deal with Sundowns at the start of the season from Bloemfontein Celtic and has only featured twice in the DStv Premiership for the Tshwane giants.

“But we do believe he has a very bright future, and he will come back and help us – maybe also working with Kaitano [Tembo] will toughen him up a bit. And he will come back ready to compete and fight for his place,” concluded Mngqithi.

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