Stuart Baxter’s plan is to get to know the new signings, Njabulo Ngcobo and Austin Dube and “ease them both into the scheme of things.”
Ngcobo, who is the reigning PSL Defender of the Season is yet to feature in the starting lineup for Chiefs, while Dube has already made two league appearances.
And despite being a Bafana Bafana international and joining ‘Amakhosi’ on the back of an impressive 2020/21 season with Swallows, Ngcobo still has to impress Baxter.
“You’re talking about last season and I didn’t see him one-minute last season,” said Baxter in a press conference on Thursday.
“The first minute I saw him was when he was at Naturena. Njabulo was obviously going to have to make himself known to me, me to him and have some work together, how quickly we can get him in. It’s been very difficult because we had no pre-season, we had one practice game. So therefore he’s had very little chance to make a lasting impression.
“He’s done very well in training, as has Austin (Dube) and at the moment it’s been about trying to ease them both into the scheme of things.”
Baxter added: “If you throw them in at the deep end, you may grate their chances of establishing themselves. I think the way to bring them in is to bring them in a stable environment, where everybody knows their role and not just shooting from the hip.
“I’m sure that Njabulo will appreciate that when he gets his chance that he will go in, knowing what to do and to give a performance instead of being thrown into a backline that has not been familiar with, has not had any practice with, apart from a few training sessions. Both him and Austin understand that situation.”
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