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Zwane’s New Chiefs Role Revealed

Former Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane is relishing his new role at the club, which also includes overseeing the development coaches and also monitoring the progress of the players.

Zwane was at the Balfour Park in Johannesburg this past weekend, as the Amakhosi juniors took home the U13 and U17 SAFA Gauteng Development League (GDL) Top 8 tournament trophies.

Zwane, who was demoted back to the development structures at the end of last season, after serving only one of the year from the three-year contract he signed as a senior team coach, was in good spirits, looking passionate as ever as he interacted with players and coaches in between the matches during the semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

“Yes it’s very, very key. Remember I was once part and parcel of this group. It did not need a rocket scientist for me to adapt in terms of adaptation,” Zwane told iDiski Times about his new role.

“These are the people that I worked with for many, many years. And also, I would always have a passion for the game because I’m a student of the game.

“Most importantly is to impart my knowledge to the upcoming youngsters and also the coaches who want to grow like Coach Tshidiso [Letsholonyane], coach [Mohamed] Bhamjee, coach [Jimmy] Jambo, actually all the coaches in the development ranks at the club.”

Prior to being appointed as the head coach, Zwane had served Chiefs for more than a decade as a youth coach and helped to produce players like Nkosingiphile ‘Mshini’ Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom, Happy Mashiane, Siyabonga Ngezana and many more. During that period, he had served as an U15, U17,U19, and also the reserve team coach.

The Chiefs legend, who has been at the club for more than two decades, 23 years to be precise, both as a player and a coach, was also an assistant coach to Vladimir Vermezovic, Gavin Hunt, and Stuart Baxter before he was appointed as a head coach.

“It’s my role for now to encourage the coaches in the development at the club, to look at where we’re lacking and try to fix it as soon as possible,” Zwane continued to explain his new role at the club.

“We are doing this because this is one of our strengths in the development, for us to produce players who are developed holistically. It’s very, very key for the future of Kaizer Chiefs and the entire nation.”

Mangethe’s passion for the game and Chiefs can never be doubted, and his years of experience working with youngsters and also youth coaches in the country could go a long way to help this sleeping giant of the local game that continues to suffer in the senior team, as they are now about to finish a ninth season since they last lifted a trophy.

*This story first appeared in the iDiski Times newspaper.

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