Ntshangase was one of Leopards’ best performers last season, and played a critical role in helping the national Under-23 team to qualify for the Olympics, but was injured in January.
The injury ruled him out of action for six months; hence he missed out on travelling with the team to the Olympics in Brazil.
He has also featured for the senior national team, Bafana Bafana and did well. According to people close to Ntshangase, it has always been his dream to play for Amakhosi, so much so that he passed on a chance to join Chiefs’ biggest rivals, Orlando Pirates last season.
“Stash (Ntshangase’s nickname) wants to join Chiefs, he has always said he wants to change the gold of Leopards with that of Amakhosi,” said a friend of Ntshangase’s this week.
Ntshangase’s friend, who asked not to be named, said Ntshangase is in Johannesburg as the two teams finalise a deal for his move. Leopards are said to be willing to cash in on Ntshangase while he is hot property.
“He is raring to start training at Chiefs. He feels his dream is about to be realised, and has already left Limpopo to be closer to Chiefs in case the deal goes through,” he said.
Speaking on an SABC Sports show on Wednesday, Ntshangase was non-committal in response to a question about his preference for Amakhosi over the Buccaneers, only revealing that he is still a Leopards player.
“I still have two years left in my contract at Leopards, which I have to honour. I don’t know anything about any teams wanting me, I just only hear from people asking where will I will be playing next season, but the truth is no one has ever approached me,” said Ntshangase.