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'Mature' Kaizer Chiefs defender Ngcobo 'still has a lot to do' despite Amakhosi's Richards Bay win

6:19 AM EDT 8/21/22
Njabulo Ngcobo Kaizer Chiefs 2022.
The 28-year-old made a return to the Soweto heavyweights this weekend and helped them keep a clean sheet after a 4-0 loss to Sundowns last week

Kaizer Chiefs defender Njabulo Ngcobo believes his game has matured and expressed his delight in helping 10-man Amakhosi claim a 1-0 win over Richards Bay at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys were reduced to 10 players in the first after Yusuf Maart was shown a straight red card for denying the Natal Rich Boys a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The only goal of the encounter was netted by Dillon Solomons in the second half and it was the Cape Town-born player's maiden goal for the Soweto giants.

It was a welcome result for Ngcobo who has been out for some time.

"About [Saturday's] game, I haven’t played in a long time. I think it’s because of how we worked together that we got the three points [on Saturday]," the 28-year-old South Africa defender said as quoted by iDiski Times.

"You could see that we were pushing, even when we were a man down. I think I’ve matured in my game, I have learned a lot, especially from coach Arthur [Zwane], even though I still have a lot of work to do.

"But I think the way I’m playing will help the team a lot."

The centre-back apologised for unsporting behaviour against former goalkeeping trainer Lee Baxter last season, and once again revealed his remorse about what transpired.

"I have been through a lot [after that incident]," the 2020/21 Premier Soccer League's defender of the season added.

"Firstly, I would like to thank Kaizer Chiefs supporters for being patient with me through everything I have put them through, especially last season. I would like to apologise for everything that happened.

"It was not because I thought I was bigger than the team, it was merely because of the atmosphere of the game. I hope they will be able to forgive me."

The defender hopes to be involved on Tuesday when Chiefs play Cape Town City in their next league encounter.