Former Jomo Cosmos defender Andrew Rabutla can't see why defender Njabulo Ngcobo is not being used by Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter.
Last season at Moroka Swallows, before his move to Amakhosi, the 27-year-old Njabulo Ngcobo was named Defender of the Season having played in 29 games but is yet to play for his new club despite being fit.
So far this season Chiefs have played four matches in all competitions, and despite leaking goals, Baxter has used defenders Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso.
In an interview carried by TimesLive, Rabutla is of the opinion that Ngcobo should be given a chance to prove his worth at Chiefs as he is better than either Cardoso or Mathoho.
“The situation Ngcobo finds himself in at the moment at Chiefs is definitely not good for the player,” said Rabutla.
“I watched Chiefs’ match against Sundowns at the weekend and there were a few incidents where Mathoho was caught in one-on-one situations with attackers threatening them in the box.
“I am not saying Mathoho is the one who must be sacrificed for Ngcobo but what I am saying is that if it was Ngcobo, he was possibly going to handle those situations better.”
Rabutla added what makes Ngcobo so good is his hunger for success and the need to prove himself at AmaKhosi.
“I watched him closely at Swallows last season and I know he is a very good defender who will surely add value if he is given an opportunity to play.
“I think they signed him because he is a good player and he must be itching to get on the field and show what he can do for a big club like Chiefs, and also continue impressing national coach Hugo Broos.
“He is good enough and he will definitely challenge the guys who are there if he is given an opportunity. The coach must play him because we also need him for Bafana Bafana.
“How can you not play a player who played almost all the matches for Swallows last season? I don’t understand it. He has all the qualities of a defender because he is good in the air, he is quick, he is a man marker, he produces clean tackles and he can handle all the situations required of a defender,” he added.