Zwane hails Chiefs stars' fitness


Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane was proud of his players for pushing through the fitness barrier after the 2-0 win over Sekhukhune United.

Due to Covid-19 a large portion of the Chiefs squad was missing and Zwane, who was standing in for the Covid-indisposed Stuart Baxter, had to field a number of players who were not fully match fit.

And he was extremely proud of his players for coming away with the three points despite the difficult circumstances they have had to deal with, especially with not having played a competitive fixture in two weeks, having not been able to get enough players together for the Cape Town City and Golden Arrows matches.

"Look, I think we had a very very good first-half but we knew second half that the energy levels would drop and we would start making mistakes and now we had to beef up the defence because we already had that advantage of scoring first," Zwane told SuperSport TV.

"So as I said earlier on this is a big league so if you get the opportunity to score first especially in the situation we find ourselves in as a team.

"Because we know that our players as you could see last 20 minutes you could see players cramping. Reeve was not even comfortable breathing. So we had to make forced changes which is something that we anticipated.

"I think we executed the plan because that's what we were expecting from them in terms of playing the ball to their centre-backs and launching it forward because they've got good and quick players. So we had to neutralise that. We had to allow them to do that and then as soon as the ball is played we drop centre. At the right moment to keep the ball because they are playing in departments. They only pushed three forward or they would only push one player forward with the hope that they will win the second ball and then the others join.

"So, ja, I think we planned very well and it worked for us. I'm so proud of the boys because I never thought they would play 90 minutes. Credit to the boys."

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