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Zwane Dismisses Talk He Could Replace Baxter

Arthur Zwane has commented on talk that he could replace Stuart Baxter as Kaizer Chiefs head coach before the latter even officially started his reign. 

The Amakhosi assistant has shown an impressive start into his senior coaching career since being appointed as interim coach after Gavin Hunt was fired, with his stint continuing while the club await Baxter’s work permit.

Zwane and Dillon Sheppard have been in charge of the Glamour Boys in their last four games, first helping the team to qualify for the MTN8 with two victories in the DStv Premiership before eliminating Wydad Casablanca from the CAF Champions League.

Following his fine performances at the helm of the club it was put to Zwane whether he feels he would be ready to lead Amakhosi as head coach despite the recent appointment of Baxter.

However, ‘10111’ as he’s affectionally known, insisted he still needs to develop as a coach before he could become the permanent head coach, adding that he is looking forward to learning from Baxter.

“I would like to take things one step at a time,” he told Robert Marawa on Marawa Sport Worldwide.

“I know people will always have their opinions and I respect that but it goes down to one thing, I want to grow and be ready. When the time is right, yes I’ll be given the opportunity, I know.

“At the moment, the focus is on development and helping our boys. I think that link-up is helping very well in terms of the transition and you know integrations of the players from development into the first team.

“So, we don’t want to break that. It works for the team.

“Also having someone like coach Stuart, I think I’ll learn a lot from him. I once worked with him, when I had just stopped playing and also learned that time, when I had the opportunity to learn from him first hand. 

“I don’t want to lose that opportunity to grow under his wings, and also having someone like coach (Molefi) Ntseki as well, who gave me the opportunity to work with him at the national team.”



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