Sheppard happy to finally join Chiefs

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Newly appointed Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Dillon Sheppard says he is happy to be finally joining the ‘biggest team’ in the country, after a failed move as a player 14 years ago.

Sheppard was on Monday confirmed as assistant coach to Gavin Hunt alongside Chiefs former player Arthur Zwane.

The 41-year-old has since revealed that he would have long been at the club, if it wasn’t for a move that collapsed in 2006.

“It’s an interesting story, 2006 when I came back from Europe I wanted to sign for Kaizer Chiefs,” Sheppard told the Chiefs media department.

“Unfortunately at the time they didn’t have a spot for me so my agent told me that I was going to join another club (Mamelodi Sundowns), which I did, who are very big rivals now so yeah it’s an honour and privilege.

“I am here now as a coach so it’s a huge opportunity for me to now learn and grow. We know the challenges that a big club like Kaizer Chiefs deserve and they want to win trophies. It’s been a while and hopefully we can continue towards that,” he said.

“What a huge honour and privilege to be finally being a part of the biggest team in South Africa. It’s something that came and I am really pleased that everything is done now and I can’t wait to get to work.”

The former Bafana Bafana international who worked with Gavin Hunt at Seven Stars 22 years ago and at Bidvest Wits recently, says he is delighted to be working side by side with Hunt again.

“Seven Stars he gave me my debut in 1998, he brought me back to Wits when I was 35 years old, he gave me three more seasons and we ended up winning the League and the MTN8. He gave me an opportunity as a second assistant and then the first couple of months we won the Telkom (Knockout). So that was my first trophy and first taste of silverware as a coach.

“He advised me to take up an under-17 role while I was still playing (at Wits) so thanks to Gavin who gave me huge opportunities to be involved, so now he has given me the opportunity to work side by side with him,” added Sheppard.

The former Panionios winger joins Amakhosi on a three-year-deal.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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