Chiefs 'protecting' Nkambule

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They say that putting him in the spotlight will also put the former Strasbourg player under pressure and compromise his performance in the second half of the season.

“The boy is still young and has not kicked a ball in Chiefs’ colours yet,” says Amakhosi Public Relations Officer Thebe Mohatle.

“We therefore cannot have the media hounding him. That means that he cannot be interviewed at the moment.”

The Chiefs publicist says that they are not ‘gagging’ the player and that the move is for the player’s own good.

The enterprising young midfielder has re-joined the Naturena-based outfit on a three-year contract, a move that almost hit a glitch with the player’s agent professed ignorance of the move.

Nkambule, who shone at the recent Metropolitan Cosafa Youth Championships, where he was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, had a frustrating spell at his French club, prompting him to return home to resuscitate a flagging career.

It is at Chiefs that the burly playmaker shot to prominence in 2003 when he led the Amakhosi juniors to a semifinal finish at the Milk Cup in The Netherlands.