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Zwane Takes Dig At Wydad

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane has taken a small dig at Wydad Casablanca for sending their ‘B-team’ to South Africa during the group stages.

The Glamour Boys knocked the Moroccan giants out of the competition in the semi-final after holding them to a goalless draw on Saturday.

Wydad could probably have prevented Chiefs from progressing out of the group, had they not send a second-string team for their match day five fixture to the FNB Stadium, when Amakhosi beat them 1-0.

Zwane now insisted that Wydad coach Faouzi Benzarti made a mistake in underestimating his side then and paid the price for it today.

“We knew their strength from day one,” he said at the post-match press conference.

“I think they will regret they decided to send their B-team. I think it’s more like a learning, especially even for that when you are on a roar that you don’t take anyone for granted.

“We were more like, we obviously the underdogs. (They thought) we’re not good enough to compete against them and they paid the price.

“Had they send their best team at the time, maybe things would’ve been different but unfortunately for them, we gave them something to think about and we surprised them.

“They are a very good team, there is no doubt about it. A solid team, they are good in defense. They are also very good going forward but they also have their weakness like any other team. 

“Whatever formation they were going to put out there, we were still going to capitalise because we were always going to the underdogs. It worked for us, the way we planned, we knew that if we were going pound for pound with them, we would be opened up and they would have punished us.

“They had quite a few chances again today and Daniel Akpeyi came to the party, he did very well for us. The whole defense but again we had about two or three chances where we could’ve done better.

“What was key, was for us to get through to the final and that’s what we’ve been planning for. That’s what we’ve been working hard for. So here we are, it has always been our dream, when I was a player before I became a coach that we want to win it for the chairman.

“Hopefully the man above will give us that strength to make sure we will win it for the chairman.” 

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