Zwane Explains Changes In Chiefs Line-Up
Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has explained some of the changes in his line-up after replacing five players who had started in Gavin Hunt’s final match.
The former midfielder together with Dillon Sheppard took charge of his first game after Hunt was fired on Friday.
The Glamour Boys secured their first win in six league games, keeping their top eight hopes alive.
After the match, Zwane explained some of the tactical tweaks he and the technical team made and why they left Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who assisted both of Chief’s second-half goals, initially on the bench.
“We knew coming to this game, we’re playing against a team that is in the top three at this moment. Coming into this game, oozing confidence and knowing that they stand a good chance of winning,” he told media.
“Because we haven’t been, you know, getting maximum points or winning at home.
“Preparing for them, we knew they’ve got very explosive players, who are good in one vs one. To stop them when they attack, because they build from the back. They want you to close them down. They’ve got players with so much quality, and highly technical.
“So it was always going to be difficult to tie them down and that was gonna be tiring us as well. We wouldn’t last for 90 minutes, knowing that we’ve been traveling in and out of the country. From Tanzania we were going to Venda.
“So we said let’s allow them to build from the back, let them play it long, cause we’ve got big boys at the back. As soon as we regain possession then let’s exploit the space as well because they are one team that, they believe in themselves in such way that whenever they attack they add numbers.
“So we knew we were gonna get those spaces, so it was now up to us how we will expose them and exploit the space.
“We realised that we needed Ngcobo and Blom in the second half, when their energy levels have dropped. So we started with Parker, Katsande and Baccus because we wanted to, you know, tire them as well, give them the hope as well that they can match us in midfield.
“So we just wanted to keep the ball. I think Baccus did his part and we knew that after 60 minutes we were gonna take him out. Then now we were introducing Ngcobo who would easily penetrate and see the runners and find the runners.
“We managed to execute the plan, Blom as well when he came on to give us the stability in the middle because we knew that Katsande wasn’t gonna last the full 90 minutes.
“Happy, when we brought in Happy, since they were chasing the game, we knew that we were going to get the spaces behind them because they were committing numbers forward.”
“We got them twice, we look at the game. First half they had chances to get into the half-time, maybe leading 2-1. So we were fortunate not to concede and Bruce did very well to keep us in the game.
“Second half we always knew that we can score. Because if you can check, all the chances that they created, we gave the ball to them. Football is a game of mistakes and today was more like to build the confidence of the players and have them believe in themselves more. And they responded well and we are happy with it.”