Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane has described himself as someone who thrives under pressure and has promised the club’s multitudes of supporters that glory days will return to ‘Amakhosi’.
Club legend Zwane, who is affectionately known as ‘10111’, made it clear he is up for the challenge of re-awakening a sleeping giant – ‘The Glamour Boys’, who have grossly underachieved in recent seasons.
Chiefs head into the 2020/21 campaign with a new technical team under head coach Gavin Hunt, who will be assisted by Zwane and Dillon Sheppard‚ as they set out to end Chiefs’ lengthy and painful five-year trophy drought.
“If you don’t enjoy pressure as a player or as a coach‚ it means you can’t take responsibility. I enjoy pressure‚” said Zwane.
“I know very well that I will be working with a coach [Hunt, four-time league winner] ‚ who is one of the best in the country and I will be learning from him.
“I learned so much playing for the team for ten years. Action speaks louder than words‚ we always promise fans to go out there and do our best so that they are happy. When we see them smiling‚ it makes our lives easy,” added Zwane, who won over 10 trophies during his playing days at the club.
Even though the newly appointed Chiefs technical team do not carry the emotional baggage of the previous five barren seasons, they understand the expectation level of the fans to deliver the goods.
“I know that there is an expectation for us to deliver trophies and to do well in terms of the style of play. People want to enjoy when watching Chiefs‚ that comes with a lot of expectations and we must be equal to the task,” said Zwane.
“Everybody will play their part in making sure that as a team we get the results that are needed. We have a culture of winning, so a lot is expected from us the technical team.
“We are coming from a season where we had the opportunity to win the league, but we didn’t, and it was more like a knockout punch when we lost it at the end.
“When you look at coach Gavin and coach Dillon‚ they have been together for some time now and they know each other very well.
“They have done very well for Bidvest Wits over the years and I am looking forward to having them here at Chiefs,” said Zwane who was promoted from club’s development structures where he was the Diski Challenge head coach.
The 47-year-old assistant coach strongly believes he will acquire a great of knowledge and will grow from working with the highly experienced Hunt.
“I am looking forward to working closely with them and I think I will learn a lot of things form them. I have been in the set-up for a while now and I will share what is expected and the culture of the club which is the most important thing.”
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