Ngcobo sets sights on winning Soweto Derby

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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is gunning for maximum points ahead of their Soweto Derby against Swallows FC this evening in a colossal DStv Premiership clash at Dobsonville Stadium.

The game will at kick off at 19h30.

Amakhosi come into this game after playing to a 2-all draw with Golden Arrows this past weekend in a league encouter.

Meanwhile, the ‘Dube Birds’ will be expected to fly high and maintain their unbeaten run in the top-flight.

Maswaiswai were held to a goalless draw at home against TS Galaxy on Saturday. Swallows have upped their transfer market game for what looks to be a promising season, having signed more than 13 players.

Ngcobo is very confident and up for the challenge of facing their historical foes Swallows. The 21-year-old told the club’s official website that it is important to get three points so that they gain confidence moving forward.

“We are up against a strong team that has not lost this season. We have to go there and fight for a win,” said the SA Under-23 international.

The youngter has started all four league games for Amakhosi this season. The midfielder believes that Swallows will give them a run for their money as he expects them to come out and attack.

“We know they are also strong at the back. They have conceded one goal this season and if we apply ourselves well, we will be able to get the win. I am confident of that,” he stated.

The Glamour Boys starlet also revealed that if his side display the same kind of gritty determination against Swallows that they did in their last league game against Arrows, they will be able to come out with a positive result.

“I felt we were unlucky against Arrows. We were supposed to win the game, but we played a draw, we might not have been clinical enough in front of goal, but these are things we can improve on. I know we will,” said the young midfielder.

After his stellar performance on Saturday against Abafana Bes’thende, Ngcobo reckons that he will not be bothered if their opponent targets him as the key player at the heart of Amakhosi’s attack.

“It gives me positive energy if the opponents are focused on me. I don’t put myself under pressure by overthinking anything. I stay focused and will continue to go out and play for the team and the badge,” he adds.

The Pietermaritzburg-born footballer is pleased with the fact that he’s getting a lot of game time under the tetelage of Gavin Hunt.

“I have enjoyed my football since the league started and have also enjoyed doing and implementing what the coach asks of me. I do feel I need to be more effective by creating and scoring more goals,” said the midfield dynamo.

The Soweto giants’ rising star noted that games against strong teams are always challenging but they enjoy playing them.

In his closing remarks, Ngcobo also added that: “It will be good for us because we have not lost in our last three games and they have not lost all season. We need to keep it tight at the back and not concede. We have to take our chances and win the game.”

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By Mauwane Raophala

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