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Chiefs teen excited for AFCON

Kaizer Chiefs teenager Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has reflected on his success with Amajita at the recent COSAFA Cup, and is looking forward to the Under-20 AFCON next year.

The Amakhosi reserve team captain was part of the U-20 national team that successfully defended their U-20 COSAFA Cup crown in Zambia earlier this month.

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Thabo Senong’s charges were rampant in the group stages as they fired themselves into the tournament semi-finals with 5-0 and 4-0 victories over Mauritius and Eswatini (previously known as Swaziland) respectively, after Namibia withdrew from the tournament.

However, Ngcobo insists they still needed to remain professional about their business in order to ensure they progress from their weakened Group B.

“We were under pressure to defend the title, [but] I won’t go as far as saying that the group games were easy as they were crucial to qualify for the semi-final,” Ngcobo told Chiefs’ website.

Amajita then faced a stubborn Angolan outfit, who registered two draws and a resounding 4-1 victory over Zimbabwe in their group fixtures, in the semi-final and won 1-0, with Ngcobo picking up the man-of-the-match accolade.

“The semi-final was tough, it was different to the other games. It was because of my teammates and applying the instructions of the coach that we won and that I was able to win the man-of-the-match award,” he added.

“The semi-final was tough, it was different to the other games. It was because of my teammates and applying the instructions of the coach that we won and that I was able to win the man-of-the-match award,” he added.

Their regional triumph will augur well for their upcoming test in the continental finals set to be hosted by Niger in February, and the 19-year-old midfielder is confident their quality can overcome any team.

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