What are the facts?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Over the last three sea­sons, Ek­ste ein was used a to­tal 38 times from a pos­sib ble 90 Absa Pre­mier­ship games un­der Ste eve Kom­phela and then Patrick Mabedi as care­taker coach – how­ever, just 29 of those came with a start­ing berth for tthe Glam­our Boys.

His re­turn of five goals and two a as­sists in around 80 games doesn’t ma ake for pretty read­ing when you con­sid der the fact that Ek­stein is meant to be a key source of cre­ativ­ity in Chiefs’ mid­field/at­tack, and he has rarely man­aged to step up against any of the so-called ‘big teams’ in South Africa.

Ek­stein was rel­a­tively un­used un­der Stu­art Bax­ter dur­ing his time with the Glam­our oys – Baxer used him just our times – while om­phela gave him plat­form to shine that e didn’t ap­pear to grasp with oth hands. Un­der Kom­phela, ule’ was handed con­sec­u­tive starts n nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, but strug­gled o im­pact thhe games as many had hoped that he wou­uld.

Ek­stein h as tasted vic­tory in just 36 (in­clud­ing ppenalty shootouts) of the 78+ games thaat he has played for Chiefs ince his de­but, and 17 of those vi­cories cam me when he started the game rather thann com­ing off the bench as a sub­sti­tute.

Un­der Sooli­nas, the skil­ful mid­field man has beeen handed just three starts from a poss­si­ble 15 games in all com­pe­ti­tions, thou ugh it will be a bonus for him that there arre only five games that he has com­pletely missed as he was left on the bench or ouut of the squad com­pletely.

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