With supporters of the Kaizer Chiefs split over whether Arthur Zwane is ready to rise to the post of hottest coach in local football, he has received support from the club’s top management.
Zwane was hired as interim manager for the second time following the departure of Stuart Baxter, who was booed and told by fans that he should leave the club alone.
The former Amakhosi star was also hired as a replacement last season when the club sacked Gavin Hunt.
While things have been slower to take off this time around, Zwane is slowly turning the wheels in the right direction. He also speaks of a good game, something the influential marketing wing of the club will appreciate him.
Amakhosi sports director Kaizer Motaung Junior recently told iDiski Times that he believes Zwane is the right man for the job.
“I think, you know, there is no secret that if there is a manager who understands the philosophy of the Kaizer Chiefs, it is Arthur Zwane. If there is a manager who understands modern football and has a blueprint for how to bring out the best in fast, dynamic, young and offensive-minded footballers, it’s Arthur Zwane, “said Motaung Jnr.
“It is no secret that Arthur Zwane has served this club with ease as a player, understanding the pressures this club needs and needs. It is no secret that the coach has the practical elements to develop a game plan.
“He has an extraordinary character and is a great leader and is a person who understands what this club needs.”
In five games since taking over from Baxter, Zwane has led the team through three losses, one win and one draw. Sunday’s draw against Mamelodi Sundowns was where many understood Zwane’s tactical acumen.
The bosses had to come from behind to save a point and could easily have pocketed full points if they hadn’t missed a late-game penalty.
The way the team played with determination and confidence against a dominant Sundowns showed signs that Zwane could be headed in the right direction.
He also previously talked about the type of players the team will need to bring in for next season to become more competitive again.
“We don’t want to play with fear. A Kaizer Chiefs player shouldn’t be afraid of losing the ball, ”Zwane said last week.
“There are moments that you have to take advantage of when you are off the ball and when you counter press. Especially in the modern game … all players know how important these aspects of the game are.
“If you play with fear and are a Chiefs player then clearly there is a problem. We want our players to express themselves. “