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Zwane – Wydad Have Their Weaknesses

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane says they’ve been working hard to analyse Wydad Casablanca ahead of Saturday’s CAF Champions League semi-final first leg game.

Zwane and fellow assistant Dillon Sheppard will be on the bench for the game, as the club are still waiting on new coach Stuart Baxter’s work permit to be sorted out.

Zwane says that Wydad have their weaknesses and strengths, and they will try to exploit the Moroccans weaknesses, while keep their strengths in check.

“The opponents are a very, very, very competitive team, we are aware of that,” Zwane told the club’s media department.

“But they also have their weaknesses and strength. And we’ve tried to focus on their weaknesses, and try to control their strength because we know that they’re very good at playing the balls behind, if you create that space for them, then they can easily punish you. But you will try and control the space in front of us and behind and try to make sure also that when we get the ball, we get to the final that as soon as possible.”

Zwane says mental strength will be key in Casablanca.

“I think it’s mental strength. We’ve got boys, who have played in this competition before the likes of Castro,” the assistant coach continued.

“Nurkovic is one player that doesn’t stop running and working hard. So we also have the situation of dead ball situations that if they can’t cope with that, then we can easil also punish them.

“So we know we are very aware of their strength in terms of their number nine, peeling off the defenders whenever they have the ball on the right hand side, he is always looking for that space. So we’ll try and control that with the hope that we will apply ourselves very well.”

The first leg will take place on Saturday, 26 June, in Morocco before the second leg will be hosted in South Africa a week later.

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