Ernst Middendorp heaps praise on Kaizer Chiefs development coach Arthur Zwane’s work

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The Glamour Boys manager says he will take risks to promote youngsters, but credits Zwane’s eye for talent

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has praised MultiChoice Diski Challenge coach Arthur Zwane for unearthing players such as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Njabulo Blom.

The German boss was impressed with Ngcobo after replacing Khama Billiat against Maritzburg United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) last weekend.

“It’s quite interesting at times to (hear the analysis of players’ development) and I disagree with the notion that the national team makes it happen, that overnight they create the star, overnight they produce something,” Middendorp said according to IOL.

Middendorp says ‘10111’ has done fantastic work behind the scenes and his job is to take risks and introduce the youngsters into the first team.

This comes after ‘Mshini’ displayed good touches against the Team of Choice as he joins former MDC players such as Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Happy Mashiane in the senior side.

“There’s fantastic work being done at the academy under the leadership of Sundra Govinder and Arthur Zwane. They come from there,” said the coach.

“I only take the risk and have the balls to bring them into the first team. But their preparation, it’s not the national team that does it or me, the people who do it are these guys in the academy,” he added.

Moreover, Middendorp said there is plenty of talented players in the junior ranks at Naturena as he mentioned the likes of Blom among others.

“There are a lot of guys (who are doing well in the academy), Njabulo Blom and I can give you other names,” Middendorp continued.

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“That has to be mentioned and that has to be seen. These guys (in charge of our academy) are responsible for their development and not the so-called guy who is doing something overnight (and suddenly the players) fall like snowfalls from Kilimanjaro. It’s unfair! It’s simply unfair,” praised the coach.

“The clubs’ academies are doing a good job. And this is very important, for me and for us to highlight that. Not that somebody is sitting there and has an opinion,” he concluded.

With the Soweto giants preparing to face SuperSport United in the league this weekend, Ngcobo could be given the nod to provide creativity as they chase their third win in a row.

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