Zwane: Chiefs won't be derailed
Posted: 4 October 2017 Time: 16:45
Kaizer Chiefs' reserve team coach Arthur Zwane insists his team "will not be derailed" as they seek to rise from their lowly position on the standings.
Zwane's side currently sits in 13th place on the Multichoice Diski Challenge table with three points from four games.
They next face fellow strugglers Mamelodi Sundowns at Tsakane Stadium on Sunday (12h00). The champions are yet to earn a point in four fixtures.
“We will not be derailed though,” Zwane told the club's website following a 2-1 loss to Cape Town City at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.
“We know the results won’t sit well with our stakeholders, but I want to assure everyone that we are using these kinds of setbacks to learn.
“Checking the log standings, it doesn’t look good, but we will overcome these obstacles to reach our objectives.”
He added: “We are not used to this position at this point of the MDC league fixtures. However, we will turn the tables soon.”
Zwane felt the referee did his charges few favours in the defeat to the Citizens.
“We went into this fixture as part of our development programme. The opposition, however, played to win at all costs and the referee didn’t make it easy for us as well.
“We conceded a soft penalty early in the match. When that happens, it interferes with your plans. I thought the lads did well to maintain the shape, while at the same time pile on the pressure in an attempt to score.
“I thought the referee committed a blunder to allow their second goal to stand as it was clearly an offside goal. From there on, City sat back, started cramping with their player sitting down on the pitch at every given opportunity. I thought that was unsporting of them, especially at the development level.”
However, he felt there were positives to take from the game as Thabo Mokwena (16) and Njabulo Blom (17) both made their debut in central defence, while Ryan Moon showed he is nearing full fitness and a return to first team action.
“We had two debutants in the centre of defence, the 17-year-old Njabulo Blom and the one year younger Thabo Mokwena. They both played like seasoned campaigners.
“Moon is progressing well and showed signs of returning to full fitness. We will take positives from this loss and continue with our development programme, undeterred.”