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MTN8: Sithebe or Ngcobo? Kaizer Chiefs midfield choice divides fans after poor show against AmaZulu

1:57 PM IST 03/10/22
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs.
The supporters are visibly dissatisfied with the new signing after they failed to beat their numerically disadvantaged rivals

After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the MTN8 Cup semi-final against AmaZulu, Kaizer Chiefs fans debated who between Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Siyethemba Sithebe should be in the team.

Since he signed from AmaZulu before the season began, Sithebe has gone on to become a regular starter under Arthur Zwane as Ngcobo is mostly benched.

And that did not change in the cup tie on Sunday at FNB Stadium, as Sithebe started before he was replaced by Keagan Dolly – the goalscorer – in the 46th minute.

Ngcobo came on in the 74th minute as Amakhosi failed to find a way past Usuthu, who suffered two red cards, given to Frank Mhango, the scorer of the opening goal, and Veluyeke Zulu.

Sithebe’s performance came under the spotlight as fans debated his suitability – against his midfield rival - as a starter.

Some fans extended the debate to the coach in another season that the Glamour Boys have not started in an impressive fashion.

  • Siyethemba Sithebe of Kaizer Chiefs.

    Weakest link

    I would rather force Nkosingiphile Ngcobo to play instead of forcing a 29-year-old average midfielder. Sithebe doesn't deserve to start; he's our weakest link in the middle of the pack. – @LehlohonoloSho8

  • Nkosingiphile Ngcobo Kaizer Chiefs.

    Ngcobo? No

    Khosi Ngcobo doesn’t offer us anything. Let’s be honest, in the past few games he has played, we didn’t get much from him and, frankly, I prefer him outside. I would rather we give [Kamohelo] Mahlatsi a chance. - @The_KiDD_Santi

  • Siyethemba Sithebe Kaizer Chiefs.


    Siyethemba Sithebe playing for Kaizer Chiefs has to be the biggest fraud ever. - @inathi_izzo

  • Siyethemba Sithebe Kaizer Chiefs


    Sithebe is overrated and not comfortable on the ball at all. He needs to be benched. Rather, start with a ball player who’s more comfortable! -  @pastor_anza2

  • Siyethemba Sithebe Kaizer Chiefs.

    Bench Sithebe

    Sithebe must be benched now as his contribution is minimal. Ngcobo must replace him in the next game. - @Danny11419074

  • Siyethemba Sithebe Kaizer Chiefs junior Leandro Mendieta Stellenbosch.jpg


    The Sithebe agenda is easy to pin down because he was never loved from the word go. -  @RealTshemedi

  • Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard

    Poor tactics

    It's not only Sithebe, most of our players are failing to reach their potential due to "ununderstandable" and poor tactics from the leader on the sideline. -  @Szolwethu1

  • Arthur Zwane and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

    Blame players

    I don’t think we can criticize Arthur over the selection of Sithebe, but for the overall game, we can’t. I blame the players. I do think [the] coach must work on this thing of always conceding first that always puts us on the back foot. -  @Ta_Fitty