Zwane: We are here to help the youth and share our experiences

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South Africa is celebrating Youth Month and Kaizer Chiefs Reserves coach Arthur Zwane is of the opinion that today’s youth, including young footballers, lack authentic ideal role models in the communities.

The ‘Amakhosi’ legend believes that one of the biggest problems with the SA youth, particularly in football is ‘attitude’.

“Working with the youth has never been an easy task. It is challenging because you are dealing with youngsters from different backgrounds.

“We are here to help them and share our experiences,” said Zwane.

“The youth today are facing a variety of issues. I try to remind all our youth development players that nothing comes easy in life. I emphasise the need to focus and hard work,” – Zwane. Picture: Kaizer Chiefs.

Zwane’s focus areas when dealing with the youth include discipline, dedication, commitment, and perseverance.

“The biggest problem I am addressing with the players is attitude. Some lack the desire to do well. I think one of the problems is the lack of good role models in our society,” added Zwane, who has completed both CAF A and B licences as well as acquired his UEFA B licence.

With the Chiefs Development Academy closed until further notice, Zwane says the challenge for youth coaches is that they are not in control of the situation because of the lockdown.

“It is difficult to ascertain if the players are complying with the rules and regulations, which is our biggest fear now.

“We hope the youngsters know the importance of staying at home and following the rules.  We gave all the players a training programme. We hope that when we resume training, everyone will be at the same level of fitness,” – Zwane. 

According to the former midfielder, ‘The Glamour Boys’ Youth get taught several skills, in keeping with the club brand and ethos.

“We are very strict on finer details like punctuality. Our players know very well that they represent a big brand in Kaizer Chiefs. They are aware that we do not compromise on personal qualities such as neatness.

“And more fundamental to our teachings is the value of respect. They are also fortunate because most staff in the Academy have been through the ranks and are able to share their football life experiences,” concluded Zwane.

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