Zwane Cites Ancelotti In Rebuilding Vision

Lorenz Kohler
May 23, 2022

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has referenced Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti in how the club should rebuild towards restoring its former glory.

Chiefs are now in their eighth year without silverware and failed to qualify for the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup after drawing 2-2 with Swallows on the final day of the season.

A rebuilding phase is now in the process led by Sporting Director Kaizer Motaung Junior with the club already securing Siyethemba Sithebe from AmaZulu on a free transfer and Stellenbosch captain Zitha Kwinka in a deal in the region of around R2-million.

The club has also started negotiations over the potential signing of Ashley Du Preez, while Zwane admitted that three other positions will be a priority to beef up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

But speaking on their transfer policy and way forward, ‘10111’ suggested that the club will no longer allow managers to dictate who comes in and rather follow the model of the most successful clubs in the world to work with the players the club brings in that is in line with their philosophy and playing-style.



“It’s a case of introspection in terms of where the game is today, in terms of a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ calibre, it talks to us about the people who were brought here in the past,” he said at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

“In terms of playing personnel, in terms of the coaches as well, if they understood you know, in terms of pressure and the way they should have done things to help the team. Right now I’m in the thick of things and I understand why we have all these challenges, you know as a club there’s no way everyone comes in has his own way of doing things, there should be a [case] where anyone who comes in must just do the way Kaizer Chiefs do things, it’s as simple as that.

“You can go to all the teams in the world, if you can read the book of Carlo Ancelotti, you will hear him say when he goes to a club, wherever he goes, there’s a culture at the club, and he doesn’t tell the club who to buy etc.”



Zwane continued: “He tells the club, I’m a quality coach. I am coming to work with you, those players are your players, and you are the ones who are paying those players. So as a coach, I must make sure that in the team structure, I get the best out of these players.

“Otherwise if the club is going to be buying every player for coaches, then there’s going to be a problem because everyone comes, doesn’t get it right, he leaves, you are paying a lot of money to those players, another coach comes in and does the same thing! You lose everything, you lose your structure and identity.

“If you look at all the teams in the world that are doing well right now, there’s continuity, there’s a policy, there are pillars in place, that’s what we are trying to do right now. There will be no more people who come to Kaizer Chiefs and do as they please. There’s a structure that needs to be followed and there’s a policy that needs to be respected.”

Chiefs are likely to announce their new permanent head coach in the coming days before they head off for a short break and return for pre-season training preparations.



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