Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane says the club and the technical team are working hard behind the scenes to lift up the game and mental state of Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

Ngcobo was expected to excel with Zwane as the head coach, as he encourages skilful and creative players to express themselves on the pitch.

However, “Mshini”, as the player is fondly known, did not have a good start to the season and has found limited opportunities in the first team.

Zwane has explained that they noticed Ngcobo being affected initially by the sickness of his father, who recently passed away.

Ngcobo was given compassionate leave to attend the bereavement of his father and missed Chiefs’ games against Marumo Gallants and SuperSport United.

However, the club’s academy graduate has returned to the team and was in the line-up against Royal AM in the Macufe Cup.

Zwane says the club and the technical team are working hard on getting him back to his best.

“Ja it’s been tough for the young man, it’s been very tough and we know where the boy comes from,” Zwane told journalists at the club’s open media day.

“And actually this thing started long time ago when his father was sick, he was not himself.

“But we had to lift his spirit, we have to give him a helping hand, we had to make sure that we help him to focus you know,” he said.

“And it wasn’t easy for him, unfortunately he ended up losing his father and right now obviously he’s getting professional help from the team.

“And also us as the technical team we’re also trying to help him to get back to his best. There’s no doubt he’s gonna be back very soon.

“He’s a strong lad, he’s forever positive you know and he’s got strong mentality as well. He’s gonna be fine,” he added.

Ngcobo could get a chance to play against AmaZulu in the MTN8 semi-final first-leg on Sunday after Zwane confirmed that Sabelo Radebe, George Matlou and Khama Billiat are doubtful for the game.

“We’ve got a few knocks from Macufe, Sabelo Radebe, Happy didn’t train (on Tuesday), Khama is still doubtful, he’s training,” Zwane told journalists at the club’s training base.

“George started training yesterday (Tuesday) but when it comes to the fitness we’re still not sure,” he added.

At 22, Ngcobo has shown a lot of potential to become one of the big star players at the club and he could finally come out of his shell and live up to the expectations of his talent, with the support from the club and the technical staff.

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