Chiefs defender Ngezana not for sale

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Kaizer Chiefs mentor Ernst Middendorp has rejected transfers rumours linking defender Siyabonga Ngezana with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The young centre-back has been struggling for action for the better part of the season at Amakhosi making only 6 appearances despite helping the SA U23 side to qualify for the Olympic Games by putting in impressive performances in Egypt in December.

With the player believed to be frustrated by his situation at Chiefs, there are talks of other Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs showing interest in the defender with Sundowns in particular sniffing around for the player’s signature and are understood to have approached Ngezana’s representatives for a potential deal, something which Middendorp has ruled out.

“No… you know sometimes something is written (in the media) which doesn’t really have a full story behind,” said Middendorp.

“Siyabonga Ngezana, I am very happy with him…he was in Egypt being in the crucial part for the qualifications for the Olympic Games,” Middendorp. 

“Taking him out, he played in Port Elizabeth (against Chippa United), he played in other games. His big advantage is that age is still on his side (Ngezana is 23). We have other players like Happy Mashiane, we bringing him close into it like Nkosingiphile Ngcobo like Njabulo Blom not only training, bringing them into the MDC (Multichoice Diski Challenge), “added the 61-year-old coach.

The German then warned Sundowns that Ngezana is not for sale even if they can offer millions as the player will remain at the club for a long time.

“There’s no way that Siyabonga Ngezana is not part of our plan, he’s very clearly in the plans of Kaizer Chiefs for the future,” insisted Middendorp.

Ngezana made his official debut against Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2018 an Absa Premiership encounter where he scored on the day with Pitso Mosimane praising the Chiefs defender and also admitting that he has been following him since his MDC days.

By Ntobeko Mbambo

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