‘THE NFD WAS TOO LOW FOR HIM’

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Former Black Leop­ards coach Jean-Fran­cois Losci­uto says he could im­me­di­ately see Siphelele Nt­shangase was set for greater heights than South Africa’s sec­ond-tier. “I could al­ready see within a short time that the NFD was just too low for him,” the Bel­gian coach says. “I even told him when he came to see me in Richards Bay just be­fore Christ­mas that I wasn’t sur­prised to see him join­ing Kaizer Chiefs. His pos­i­tive spirit was al­ways bound to help him go fur­ther be­cause he didn’t only de­pend on his tal­ent and in­tel­li­gence on the field. He was the kind of boy who un­der­stood quickly the tac­tics that I was us­ing at Leop­ards from the first day that I spoke to him.” Losci­uto then gives in­ter­est­ing in­sight into the train­ing meth­ods used by the tal­ented mid­fielder. “He was al­ways the first guy on the pitch at train­ing,” he says. “In the days be­fore we played in the play-offs, he was al­ways at train­ing one hour be­fore the morn­ing ses­sion started and would be the first one on the pitch with three balls, try­ing out a lot of things. He al­ways tried ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing cor­ner kicks. Work­ing with him was a big plea­sure for me be­cause he was very pro­fes­sional, so it is not a sur­prise to see him at Chiefs now. He was the best player on the pitch at Leop­ards. He doesn’t have a big ego and is hum­ble which is al­ways im­por­tant in foot­ball.”

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