Ntiya-Ntiya: From herd boy to football star

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Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, born in Eastern Cape and raised in the Durban township of Umlazi first came to Gauteng to join the SuperSport United Academy seven years ago.

But it didn’t take long for Kaizer Chiefs to realise his talent and skill.

Ntiya-Ntiya began his football career back in 2005/06 with a township team named Barsenal FC in Durban and the defender has revealed the story behind his success, from a herd boy in the farmlands to wearing the colours of one of the biggest teams in South Africa.

“I was born in the Eastern Cape in the area called Bizana. I stayed with my great grandmother. When she died, I moved to Durban and stayed in Umlazi township. My grandmother and mother were working in Durban,” said Ntiya-Ntiya.

“As far as I remember I did everything that you can think of a village boy can do. Ukulusa izinkomo nokulima (cow herding and tilling the fields),” – Ntiya-Ntiya.

“I started playing soccer when I moved to Durban around 2005/06 and I was inspired by my brother. He was enjoying it and playing football looked cool. I played for a township team called Barsenal FC.

“In 2013 I was scouted by the SuperSport United academy and moved to Pretoria. I enjoyed good years of learning at United before in 2016 moving to Kaizer Chiefs. Moving to Chiefs was a blessing in my life until today I have never looked back,” added the ‘Amakhosi’ left-back.

The 23-year-old has stated how signing a first-team contract with Chiefs has made it possible for him to support his family back home.

“I arrived in 2016 to play for Kaizer Chiefs’ Reserves Team. It was smooth to acclimatize because at SuperSport they also took youth development seriously.

Ntiya-Ntiya has made 16 appearances for Chiefs in all competitions in the 2019/20 season. 

“But it took me by a big surprise when I signed for the first team, everything changed. For starters, I was able to provide for my family back home and that is a great feeling,” he revealed.

“There are many things that changed for the better. I am very grateful to Kaizer Chiefs.”

According to Ntiya-Ntiya, a Business Management student, there is only one way out for the youth of SA to advance in life.

“When it is off-season I try by all means to spend much time with family and friends. Most of my friends are studying different courses. We spend most of the time sharing our different educational experiences.

“The only opportunity that is real is to study and be qualified. The youth must study as much as possible. With education the youth will be able to avoid the many ills that we witness happening every day in the society,” concluded Ntiya-Ntiya.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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