Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyabonga Ngezana is optimistic ahead of the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.
Ahead of the new season, the Soweto giants have brought in Khama Billiat who was a free agent after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns and Lehlogonolo Mirwa among others.
The man also known as ‘Tower’ says he wants to work hard and cement his spot in the heart of defence.
Moreover, Ngezana entered the fray at Chiefs as a schoolboy and he admits that balancing school and his football career wasn’t easy.
“It was difficult but through the support of Kaizer Chiefs, my family, Altmont (High School) and my teachers I was able to adapt,” Ngezana said IOL.
“They would give me all the work to go with to camp and ensure I caught up even on Saturdays so I don’t fall behind," said the Bafana Bafana defender.
“I passed because of the support my former coach (Steve Komphela) gave me. He told me school is important. There is time for school and there is time for football,” he added.
Coming to his football, the 20-year-old wants to build up on his debut season where he featured in 15 PSL games for the Naturena-based club last season.
Having made his debut last season against reigning champions Sundowns, he will now be hoping to meet the Tshwane giants next Saturday.
The two giants will renew their rivalry in the 2018/19 PSL season opener at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Meanwhile, the centre back believes competition for places in the starting XI will be stiff as everyone will want to impress new coach Giovanni Solinas.
“It’s not going to be easy because there are changes this season,” Ngezana added.
“There are new players and a new coach. Things won’t be the same as they were last season. For us as players, this is going to be a good season because of the changes,” he continued.
"I will need to work hard to cement my position. Where there’s no pressure there are no diamonds because pressure produces diamonds,” said the 20-year-old.
"I am ready for what I will face,” he concluded.