Siphelele Ntshangase is having a well-documented failed move at Kaizer Chiefs, and all while the transfer window edges closer for a highly expected move.
Former Chiefs midfielder and fan-favourite of similar appeal, Mathebula, also known as DVD, believes coaches have systems for specific players despite Ntshangase’s special abilities as a player.
"Ja it's sad because Ntshangase is a very intelligent player, a very talented somebody," Mathebula told Kick Off.
"But obviously the coach also has his own system that he uses. Maybe he feels like he doesn't fit, but what I will say to him is he has to stay strong.
Mathebula further pointed out his respect for Ntshangase’s lack of media presence for the wrong reasons, an element that often follows players in a similar situation.
"The fact that we don't see [bad things about him] in the papers, it shows that he is trying his best to be professional. It's not easy not to play for such a long time while you are coming from an environment where you were playing regularly.
"People were expecting the best from him when he arrived at Chiefs you see, but he is a very good player. So I'm happy that he stays strong you know like you don't hear news or anything negative about him. That shows he has grown and he's a good professional.
"If other opportunities come where he can play, it would be good for him play. But I think he has done well so far in terms of respecting whatever is happening within Kaizer Chiefs. That's the only thing he can do for now, until end of the season you know.
Mathebula concluded to advice the 26-year-old Ntshangase to leave Naturena should any good teams table offers for the Durban-born midfielder.
"But if there are good teams wanting him and Chiefs allows then he should go. Remember when he was playing for the other teams, he wanted to improve his lifestyle as well. So obviously by joining Chiefs he gets a better salary,” added DVD.
"So it's good for him and his family. Sometimes it doesn't help to go and play for Mathebula's team where you earn less but you play more. At the end of the day you have nothing.
"So ja, it's a tricky situation but obviously we want to see him on the field,” concluded the Limpopo-born legend.