Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung is confident left-back Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya is ready for first team action.
Chiefs today announced they have promoted the 21-year old to Steve Komphela’s squad.
“We have been looking at his progress and we are satisfied with what we’ve seen. He trained with the senior team a few times in 2017 and we believe a player of his quality is ready for the big stage,” Motaung told the club’s website.
“While it’s important to reinforce the team with players from other teams, it’s important to recognise the wealth of young talent we have in our development structure,” Motaung added.
Ntiya-Ntiya is part of the 20-man team that will travel to Nelspruit to face SuperSport United on Saturday for Amakhosi’s first Absa Premiership match of 2018.
He is naturally eager to make the most of the opportunity.
“I am grateful and excited for this opportunity and will grab it with both hands. I’ve been working hard and I am happy that my perseverance has paid off,” said Ntiya-Ntiya.
Ntiya-Ntiya, who hails from Bizana in the Eastern Cape, joined Amakhosi’s development structures in 2016.
His elevation comes on the back of Chiefs making three January signings in the shape of Siphelele Ntshangase, Kabelo Mahlasela and Leonardo Castro.