Having dropped normal left-backs Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Yagan Sasman, Middendorp’s gamble could have gone either way
Kaizer Chiefs defender Reeve Frosler says being a versatile player that can comfortably use both feet is the springboard he’s hoping to use to reach international standards.
The 22-year-old is usually a right-back and recently caused a stir when coach Ernst Middendorp assigned him to the left-back role against a potent Orlando Pirates attack in the Soweto Derby last Saturday.
Frosler, though, was not fazed by the role, acing his duties to a tee as he was involved in defence on the flank for his side – keeping the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule, two of the quickest and skilled wingers in the elite league, at bay.
Having dropped normal left-backs Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Yagan Sasman, Middendorp’s gamble could have gone either way.
But Frosler says he knew what he had to do on the day, especially having played both wide positions, right and left, during his days with the junior national teams.
“I’ve played in the role a couple of years ago. In the beginning it was challenging but as the game progressed, the position grew on me and I think that I did my best under the circumstances,” Frosler said.
Born to a left-footed father, whom he watched on grassroots football, Frosler admits that even though a couple of backyard sessions with his dad laid the foundation in him being into a utility playmaker in the team, he’s had to pay attention to detail.
“You have to open your body angles, from the right-hand side to the right and left to the left. It’s the small details that sometimes can be forgotten if you are used to playing in one position. So, it takes a lot of focus to get it right,” Frolser said.
The former Bidvest Wits player is in his first full season with Amakhosi after joining the club early last year.
However, he’s been part of the brigade that have inspired the team to the summit of the Premiership standings for the better part of the season.
“It’s nice knowing that the coach has faith in you. He can play you either on the left or right. He trusts me and I don’t want to let him down.
“He’s given me an opportunity on a task at hand, and I’ve got to fulfil the task,” Frosler said.
In establishing himself as a renowned international, Frosler can also operate as a defensive midfielder, a position that he could fill in their next game against AmaZulu at FNB Stadium tomorrow night, replacing injured captain Willard Katsande.
Usuthu are rock-bottom of the Premiership standings with 20 points from the 23 matches. However, they make the long trip from Durban to Soweto hoping to change their fortunes especially with two new coaches at the helm.
Assistant coach Ayanda Dlamini and veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs will sit on the dugout against Chiefs, temporarily replacing head coach Jozef Vukusic who was put on special leave this week.
For the title chasing Chiefs, though, defeating teams that are fighting for their lives such as AmaZulu, at home, remains one of the cornerstones that will ensure they consolidate their spot at the top.
“They’ve got to come out and collect the points so that they can stay afloat. But we also got to go there and collect the points if we want to stay at the top. So, it’s going to be a good game because both teams need the victory,” Frosler concluded.