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Zwane On Facing Pitso In CAFCL Final

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has opened up on facing Pitso Mosimane in the CAF Champions League final, saying his side deserve to win it.

Zwane has guided Amakhosi into their first-ever Champions League final and will now face Al Ahly in a one-legged final on 17 July.

The 47-year-old spoke very highly of opposition coach Mosimane, praising him for his achievements in Egypt, and not just ‘Jingles’ but also the other South Africans in Al Ahly’s technical team.

“I’m a South African, I’m very proud of coach Pitso Mosimane,” he told Thabiso Mosia on SAFM.

“He has put us, the country on the map. We’ll always, you know, protect people like coach Pitso.

“It’s a South African connection. Coach Pitso is being assisted by Cavin Johnson. There is also KB, the conditioning coach, whom I’ve worked with at the national team. And there is a video analyst that I know who was also at Sundowns.

“It shows people that the game is growing in our country, if some of us can go and conquer the world, especially in Egypt where it’s difficult for one to survive there. And if coach Pitso can go there and win three cups, we should be proud of him, we should embrace that, we should be the ones that are protecting him.”

Zwane then spoke about Chiefs facing Mosimane’s Al Ahly’s in the final, saying it will be a David vs Goliath affair.

“And yet we are the ones who are facing him as Kaizer Chiefs, which is a good thing. The situation as you know, is going to be a David vs Goliath affair, where we will go there as underdogs, like it has been happening,” he added.

“But we have no fear. We have come this far, because we’ve put in the effort. We deserve to win the final, people might beg to differ, but we are in the final because we had to dig deeper. 

“It was not pleasing in the eye, it was not what people wanted to see but when you get the opportunity to grind a result, just do so. We are happy that we are going to be playing against coach Pitso, because he’s one of the best on the continent.”