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Khune Puts His Weight Behind Zwane, Makes Bold Claim

Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune has put his weight behind under-fire Arthur Zwane after the coach and his team were booed following their defeat against Golden Arrows at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

The Glamour Boys lost 3-2 to Arrows despite leading twice, which resulted in some of the club’s faithful to boo the team and chant “Arthur must go” after the final whistle.

However, the team – despite their inconsistent results – are only three points behind rivals Orlando Pirates ahead of Saturday’s Soweto Derby and five behind second-placed SuperSport United.

With Zwane as well as the players under pressure to deliver results, as the fans’ demands for silverware become more vocal after the club’s seven-and-a-half year drought, Khune asked for more patience, drawing comparisons to clubs in Europe.

“All I have to say to our fans, our supporters, yes we’ve been asking for patience but again they need to understand that there has been different coaches in the past seasons,” he said.

“Because most of the time it’s what they recommend to the management and I don’t know how they make that decision, but the club has delivered on certain coaches that the fans have recommended, on a number of players that they wanted to come in.

“Everyone that’s come in needs time to settle, needs to time… We understand that Kaizer Chiefs is not the club to wait. It’s a club where we have to play every match to win, every silverware we must challenge.

“But again, when you have players that are new in the setup, they don’t understand the setup, it’s our responsibility and role as leaders that have been there for long to guide them. It’s never easy and it won’t just take one day to turn around, it will take quite some time.

“You have to look at European club, they are patient with their coaches, they are patient with their players because they know that their team is building.

“Yes, we haven’t been winning silverware but the squad now, compared to the previous squad, I think is ready to compete. If we can just be given more time, I think come next season we should be able to win everything that is on offer.”

Khune went on to say that he believes in the current squad of players, who are determined to add silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet.

“Because at some point, in the 2012/13 season, we were sweeping everything as a team under a new coach,”

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“Most experienced players who were playing at Bafana Bafana, the likes of Tsepo Masilela, Sboniso ‘Pa’ Gaxa, Bernard Parker, Tshabalabala, Yeye, myself, we had a strong team.

“And now we have very strong and young and aspiring players who won to win silverware and that’s what we talk about every day at work, that we want to win trophies playing for Kaizer Chiefs – that’s what we want.

“And we promise our supporters that things will turn around at some point and we will bring this silverware.”

Zwane also received the backing of Sporting Director Kaizer Motaung Jr. who said the board of the club, as well as chairman Kaizer Motaung are fully behind the coach.

On Saturday, Chiefs host Pirates at the FNB Stadium, with tickets available at ticketpro and selling fast – the Amakhosi have won their last four head-to-head clashes with the Buccaneers and another win would surely relieve some pressure of Zwane and his squad.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.