Ntseki still ‘learning’ at Chiefs


Since joining Kaizer Chiefs back in June, former Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has been on a steep “learning curve”.

Ntseki, who is Chiefs’ head of Technical and Youth Development and has worked in several positions at the SA Football Association (Safa), admitted that working at a club like Chiefs is a different challenge altogether

“It has been a learning curve, which has been very profitable for me. We are working in a big club in a big institution with so many role players, we need to know and understand how to work with them,” said Ntseki.

The Chiefs junior teams are on the verge of completing their 2020/21 season, which had been extended due to delays as a result of Covid-19 with Ntseki hard at work with all the structures of the club.

Ntseki is said to be readying the next bunch of development at ‘Amakhosi’ players for first-team action.

“We have done the induction of the senior team players and staff and we will also do the induction of the junior team players and staff in the new season. We have six games left of the remaining season and then we will return next year and start preparations,” added Ntseki.

While Ntseki is keen to protect the club’s culture and values, he is also mindful of his job of getting a new structure in place that would benefit the club.

“While you have the club values and culture, you have to hit the ground running and implement what the club is looking forward to achieving,” explained Ntseki.

“In the academy, we have had preparation meetings and we have to thank everyone at the club, who has had the players tested and we have complied. We started preparations this past week.

“The coaches did their microcycles and we played our first games against Highlands Park at home. Everyone was ready for the kickoff. In the remaining games we are looking to play well and win the league.”

Ntseki is very complimentary of the foundation he has inherited and which he is now tasked with building on.

“When it comes to the club philosophy and manual, I have gone through the KC youth development academy manual and understand it well,” he said.

“I need to commend the people who worked on the manual, as it contains information on what the club wants out of its development in terms of tactical, physical, psychological and social aspects of player development,” concluded Ntseki.

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By FARPost Reporter