Nkosingiphile Ngcobo looking to help Kaizer Chiefs from the bench

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Ngcobo was a regular fixture in the Amakhosi starting lineup last season, featuring in the run-on XI in 34 of his 40 appearances for the campaign, but has seemingly been relegated to impact player status under Baxter's stewardship.

The 21-year-old midfielder has recorded just 55 minutes of game-time across three substitutes' appearances thus far and was unused in the two other matches in which he found himself on the bench. 

Nonetheless, Ngcobo revealed that he is happy to contribute towards the Soweto giants' cause in whatever role he is used in and that he hopes to play his part when Chiefs travel to Marumo Gallants this weekend.

"Coming in as a sub always comes with pressure because you need to affect the game, you need to change the game," he said.

"I think, with the few minutes that I've got [in previous matches] I didn't do bad, but I can improve and if I get 15 minutes or more, I can try and help the team maybe get a goal."

Chiefs will be looking to get their title challenge back on track against Gallants after suffering a setback in each of their last two matches, losing 4-1 to Royal AM last weekend and 2-0 to reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns the week before. 

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Scroll through the gallery to see the 11 youngest players to feature during the 2020/21 DStv Premiership season