Kaizer Chiefs head coach Molefi Ntseki has said the induction process for new players will be key.
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A tactical understanding of the team’s style and expectations will be key for all new recruits, according to the head coach.
“When it comes to Ox Mthethwa, and the rest of the guys, the most important thing is the induction,” said Ntseki.
“And I think that is exactly what we are doing with him now because you don’t just come into Kaizer Chiefs and all of a sudden you think you are a top player.
“It has happened with so many players since I became part of the brand. Recently we brought in Pule Mmodi, a top player from Arrows.
“We also had Potsane, a top player from Royal AM. I am just making mention of those players but the most important thing is that they get a tactical induction.
“That is because language, the demand and requirements are a bit different. You might have been a top player at a club where you come from, but at Kaizer Chiefs you become a different player. All because the demands might be a bit higher than where you were.
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Ntseki drew a comparison with players brought into Manchester City, where many of them didn’t start playing immediately but eventually became top players due to proper induction, often guided by the coach.
“I normally make an example of players brought in at Man City… A number of them don’t get there and play immediately. A lot of them today are top players.
“Erling Halaand, some supporters even doubted his quality, but today he is a top player because of proper induction mostly from the coach’s side.”
Sibongiseni Mthethwa made his full debut for the club against Cape Town City on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the ex-Stellies man, that occasion ended in a 1-0 defeat courtesy of Khanyisa Mayo’s strike. It’s a long wait until the club’s next fixture, against Golden Arrows on 28 October.
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