This Wynberg Boys speedster is one of the most underrated young players in the country.
Ndiki made a big impression at the 2009 Craven Week, scoring three tries in three matches for Western Province. He also featured for WP Academy in 2007 and WP U16 at the Grant Khomo Week in 2006. But the 1.76m, 90kg wing won’t take part in the U18 Craven Week this year as he turns 19 in April, and he hasn’t been offered a junior contract by Province.
‘I have spoken to Hennie Bekker about playing for the WP U19s this season but nothing has been confirmed,’ says Ndiki. ‘I’ve heard that the Sharks are interested in me, so I might end up at their academy next year. It’s disappointing because I want my rugby future to be in Cape Town.’
Ndiki hails from Khayelitsha and attended St Pauls Primary School before moving to Wynberg Boys Junior in Grade 2. But it was at Wynberg Boys High where his rugby talent was spotted.
‘I’ve coached Zingisa from U15 level and brought him up to the 1st XV when he was in Grade 10, so I’ve been coaching his entire high school career,’ says Wynberg 1st XV head coach Jerry Posthumus.
‘He was always the biggest boy in the group and was quick. What makes him different to other big players is that he has an eye for the gap. He doesn’t just bash it up, he looks for try-scoring opportunities.
‘He has all the attributes to be a star wing and has even improved on his kicking game in the past six months. He just needs to work on his handling.’
Ndiki says he hopes to emulate 19-year-old wing Wandile Mjekevu, who has been given an opportunity to play Super 14 rugby by the Lions this year.
‘I played against Wandile at the U16 Grant Khomo Week and performed well against him, so I believe I could make it professionally next year,’ says Ndiki. ‘Right now I’m focused on playing well for Wynberg but I hope to confirm my future either with WP or the Sharks quite soon.’
By Gareth Duncan
– This article first appeared in SA Rugby magazine