New Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has expressed his excitement to be trusted with leading the club in his first words as permanent coach, and also revealed the advise he’s received from Kaizer Motaung.
Zwane was unveiled as new Chiefs coach during a press conference on Thursday morning after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal, with Dillon Sheppard confirmed to be his assistant.
‘10111’ as he is affectionally known recalled his “difficult journey” throughout the ranks of the club, including the words of advise he received from the chairman when he was hanging up his boots and told him he wanted to go into coaching.
“I want to thank the board, the chairman, sporting director, football director, football manager, head of technical and everyone, who has been supportive, coach Sheppy as well,” Zwane said at the press conference,
“It’s been a difficult journey, it’s never been easy. These are the things that sometimes as individuals we dream about.
“I can say a lot about what I’ve experienced in the game and what I’ve learned in the game, but if there is one person that made me believe in myself from day one, it was the chairman.
“When I decided to quit playing, because my recovery from injury took too long, so I decided to stop playing and the first team manager gave me the advise to go and see the chairman.
“When they finally granted me permission to stop playing, it was still 10 games left, the chairman asked me what do you want to do now, I said ‘chairman, I believe I’m a coach, I love football and the game’.
“He said, ‘my advise is to go think and thoroughly, and come back and say what is it that you want to do next, opening a new chapter’.
“I had a very long meeting with our football manager, who also advised me ‘you’ve been part and parcel of the team’, actually his advise was ‘you can work with me here at the office but you’re going to have to prove yourself, but I said ‘I’m one person that wants to be on the ground’ and he said ‘it’s fine if that’s how you think and how you feel, we support whatever you decide.
“Coach VV [Vladislav Vermesovic] as well, played a role to say I can make Arthur my second assistant and that’s how it started.
“But I had already started preparing myself because I had my own team that playing in the then-Vodacom League, now it’s ABC Motsepe League. So when I was given the opportunity I had to sell the status and focus on my career as a coach.
“I was the second assistant coach two seasons in the first team and then I was deployed to the U17 team, advised again by the chairman that it was very key for me to go down there and learn about different age groups and obviously go through the ranks and if I’ve got what it takes, I’ll end up back in the first team.
“I embraced that with both hands, seeing that as an opportunity of a lifetime and I went through the ranks, started coaching the U17s, then I was promoted to the U19s until I was promoted to the reserve team. I was lucky because most of the players that I started with in the U17s, I was moving up with them.”
Zwane also confirmed that he will help the team to win silverware, but playing football the right way.
“To cut a long story short, here I am today and I’ve been saying to those who are close to me, I must’ve told them eight years back ‘I’m working hard, I’m spending sleepless nights to be the head coach. A head coach that will make sure to help the team to win, not just to add numbers’,” he added.
Story by: David Kappel.
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