Kaizer Chiefs left-back Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya reveals why he's grateful to Steve Komphela

In an interview with Goal, Ntiya-Ntiya revealed how Komphela explained to him the importance of playing for a big team like Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs defender Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya is set to follow the path taken by KwaZulu Natal-born legends, who took the PSL by storm with the Naturena side.

The 21-year-old left-back, who hails from Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape but nurtured his career in Durban, is slowly becoming coach Giovanni Solinas’s dearest and devoted soldier.

He has featured in all of Amakhosi's five league matches and two MTN8 games thus far.

He only tasted the bench this past weekend as his position was taken by Ugandan defender Godfrey Walusimbi against SuperSport  United in the second leg of MTN8 semi-final.

Despite Chiefs' defence state of despair and a trophy drought of three years, Glamour Boys fans seem to rate Ntiya-Ntiya highly for the left-back position.

Ntiya-Ntiya, who was recruited by Jazzman Mahlakgane during the 2012 KZN Danone Nations Cup U/12 told Goal that it feels like a dream to be an asset to Chiefs; a team which he grew up supporting. 

He added that if it wasn’t former Chiefs coach Steve Khompela, he would still be playing for the reserve side.  

“The time I was being promoted, Komphela thoroughly explained to me what it means to be a Chiefs player," Ntiya-Ntiya told Goal

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"He also told me about the legacy brought and left behind by KZN players at the club. He said I must use wisely the advantage of being a Chiefs player because it is a special gift. I promise I will follow in the footsteps of the elders,” said the diminutive defender. 

Like any other player, Ntiya-Ntiya, who played all the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) games two seasons ago, said his immediate mandate is to get as many national team calls-up as possible, win silverware with the Glamour Boys and finally move to abroad.

A number of KZN players who come to his mind are Bhizzah Dlamini, Shaka Ngcobo, Kito Petrus Nzimande, Fani Mdida, Derrick Spencer, Arthur Bartman, Siyabonga Nomvethe and Siyabonga Nkosi.