In a league that can either break or make you as a youngster, there’s been quite an overwhelming number of reserve team graduates that have grabbed their Premiership experience by the scruff of the neck - while some, of course, have been drowned by the pressure.
Promoted by then coach Steve Komphela early last year, Ntiya-Ntiya stepped into the Premiership tasked to fill the void left by the then injured favourite player Tsepo Masilela. And the 22-year-old left-back went on to become an integral part of the team with 34 appearances and it now seems he’ll be a regular starter under current mentor Ernst Middendorp.
Being focused week in and week out gives the Bizana-born player the means to do his bit for a needy situation back home where he’s providing for his extended family.
“Back home not everyone is working,” the soft-spoken Ntiya-Ntiya told the media at the club village on Thursday.