By Ernest Makhaya
Bidvest Wits striker Sthembiso Ngcobo has praised coach Gavin Hunt and his teammates for regaining his goalscoring touch since joining the team from AmaZulu in January.
Ngcobo told Goal that his new teammates at Wits have made it easy for him to settle in the team and enjoy his football again, having struggled in previous seasons.
"I think the secret is that the coach believes in me," Ngcobo told Goal. "I also think that my teammates understand me as a player and they play the balls to my strength, because you know that the strikers are not the same. So, the supply that they have been giving me has so far been good," he said.
The Ndwedwe-born forward admitted that competition for places is quite high at Wits with the likes of Calvin Kadi and Benjani still waiting in the wings, but he believes the support that he's been getting from them is amazing.
"There's competiton at Wits, but what I like in this team is that we are supporting each other. The spirit in the team is amazing. There are no egos whatsoever from anyone in the team," he added.
Ngcobo also revealed that he hasn't regained his best form despite scoring seven league goals so far this term, and added that he would be up there with the others if he had proper pre-season training, but said he would be pleased if he can at least score three more goals this season.
"I would agree with my coach that I have not regained my best form. I think that's because I didn't have pre-season training at all, but I am sure that we would be talking a different story if I had pre-season.
"Now that I have scored seven goals this season, I think I would be satisfied if I can score three more goals to at least end the season with 10 goals," he revealed.
The former Chiefs marksman doesn't believe that the Students are in the title race, but he is now focusing on helping the team do well in the Nedbank Cup. Wits are third on the PSL log, eight points behind log leaders Chiefs.
"To be honest I think the league title is gone. I don't know which team will take it, but for us it's over. We just have to keep doing well and finish as high as possible on the log and of course do well in the Nedbank Cup," Ngcobo said.
Ngcobo said that he is still available to play for Bafana Bafana, but he understands that the decision to represent South Africa lies with the national team coaches.
"I am still available to play for the national team, but that will depend on what the national coaches want - whether they want to build or they want results at that time - but if I get a chance to return to the national team then I will take it," he concluded.
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