Zwane to lead from the front
Posted: 5 August 2018 Time: 12:00
Siyanda Zwane expects no favours from coach Clinton Larsen on his return to Golden Arrows from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns have loaned Zwane to Arrows for the season as Brazilians mentor Pitso Mosimane prefers Anele Ngcongca and Thapelo Morena as his options at right-back.
Zwane also spent the second half of last season on loan at Ajax Cape Town where he played 11 games in all competitions under Muhsin Ertugral, who he previously worked with at Abafana Bes'thende.
The 33-year-old plans to lead by example back at the club he won the MTN8 with in 2009.
“It's a very young squad,” Zwane says.
“I came here being a role model and most of these boys, they respect me. I have to lead by example, which is one of the major things.
“I need to lead from the front in everything that I do. Since I came here it’s not like I’m just going to go into the starting line-up. I want to compete because that makes me a better player.
“And coming here, since they managed to finish in the top eight, I want to build on that and at least get silverware because when I left here I won the MTN8.
“But at the end it was sad for me the way that I left because the team got relegated, but that is part of life. I had to move on because I had offers at that time. Not that I didn’t like the team; I love the team with all my heart, but I had offers and as a player I wanted to grow.
“You can see the way I left the club it was easy for them to welcome me back ... and I think I’m one of the fortunate soccer players. So I’m just grateful to be here, I feel good.”
He made his PSL debut for Arrows in 2005/06 and went on to play 132 games before leaving the club in 2014 after they were relegated to the National First Division.
Zwane and Musa Bilankulu are the only players still left at Arrows that won the MTN8 nine years ago when Manqoba Mngqithi was at the helm.