Never again has the heavens bestowed upon us a truly gifted star at the time when our football requires a beautiful story.
The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder dynamite, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is such a breathtaking genius to have graced our shores in the knick of time, and FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) will ably dissect this talent.
1. Who is ‘Mshini’?
The left-footed maestro was born on the 16th November 1999 in Pietermaritzburg, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. His deft touches coupled with his intuitive brilliance to spot spaces and gaps earned him a nickname ‘Mshini’.
Although the dictionary refers to Mshini or Machine as an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task, this Mshini of Chiefs uses imaginary sensors and calmness to operate on the field.
2. Youth development product
‘Mshini’ follows in the footsteps of Jabu Mahlangu, Itumeleng Khune, and Junior Khanye who were all developed in the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Programme.
This feat alone epitomizes the cultural and genetic makeup of Mshini, and cultivates a positive work done by the youth coaches and management of the Naturena-based club.
3. Caf U20 Best XI
At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Under-20 tournament, Ngcobo was voted in the best Caf U20 XI. This feat articulates the enormous ability of this player and confirmed what all within the Chiefs’ hierarchy have witnessed as the club’s next best thing.
An unfortunate Achilles Tendon injury prevented him from joining his teammates at the Fifa U20 World Cup, but still, his value continues to rise.
4. Caf Champions League
His rising stock was further confirmed when he was voted in the Caf Champions League Team of the Week for Matchday 3.
This comes after a productive performance that saw him control the game, deliver countless passes and establish a Chiefs combination play that elbowed the Angolan opponents, Petro Atletico.
5. The stats
In his full injury-free season Mshini has amassed 25 starts across all competitions and 4 assists in the 2020/21 season. Overall he has played 1,723 minutes of top-level football in a difficult Chiefs season and has managed to win a few Man of the Match accolades.
‘Mshini’ has a big task to match and maybe surpass the likes of Manchester City prodigy, Phil Foden, and ultimately play at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics en route to playing in one of the best leagues in Europe.
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By FARPost Technical Study Group