Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya has taken the left-back position at Kaizer Chiefs by the scruff of the neck so far this season after new coach Giovanni Solinas gave him the platform to prove himself against the big boys in the PSL.
Solinas didn’t have much of a choice but to go for Ntiya-Ntiya after Chiefs released their two experienced left- backs in Tsepo Masilele and Sibusiso Khumalo before the start of the new season.
Amakhosi then decided to sign an unknown left-back, Letlhogonolo Mirwa from ABC Motsepe side Buya Msuthu, but the left-footed player has so far struggled to settle down.
The 21-year-old has featured in all four of Amakhosi's matches this season and he has put in a solid shift on the left hand side of the team's defence.
Speaking to the club's website, Ntiya-Ntiya said that the technical team and the players have all helped him settle.
“During the match, Bernard Parker, Daniel Cardoso and Willard Katsande talk to me quite a lot, continuously giving guidance," Ntiya-Ntiya said.
For a number of years Chiefs had the left-back position occupied by Ntiya-Ntiya’s role model Masilela, whose experience benefited the club.
Masilela, who is currently clubless, advised the young defender to always work hard and be positive.
“Tsepo is my role model. He always told me to work hard and be positive. Sibusiso Khumalo also helped a lot,” he revealed.
The left-footed player will have to battle for a place in the starting line-up with Uganda international Godfrey Walusimbi, who is on his way to Naturena after his club, Gor Mahia, announced on Friday that an agreement had been reached with Amakhosi.