Zwane backs Chiefs' next generation

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Zwane's charges will battle Mamelodi Sundowns in the inaugural MDS final at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off set for 15h00 in Tembisa.

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A win for Amakhosi could help ease the disappointment of a third straight season without silverware for the first team, which is currently guided by interim coach Patrick Mabedi.

The Glamour Boys legend took over the reins after Steve Komphela resigned on April 21 in the wake of a fan rampage at Moses Mabhida Stadium following the Soweto giants' Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars.

“We have spoken to the boys about the importance of winning this trophy,” Zwane told his club's website.

“We do not have any doubt about winning the match on Saturday. We have respect for Sundowns. They are one of the best structured development sides in the Reserves league. We are equal to the task though, we are going to use the same approach that we have employed in the games we have played so far.”

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Chiefs dispatched Platinum Stars, Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic en-route to the event decider.

Zwane added: “We have allowed the players to express themselves. I must commend the players for they have responded positively in all the games, mentally and otherwise. Yusuf Bunting was instrumental in terms of leading the goal scoring role. In fact all the players came through. Itumeleng Shopane, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Brylon Pertersen, Given Thibedi and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, were all marvellous.

“The chemistry in the team is very strong and we are continuing to build them for the future. Tristan Moses and Njabulo Blom, the list goes on. We have a group of players that will be ready to take up first team responsibilities in the future.”

The MDS was launched in response to complaints that the MDC only entails 15 fixtures in a season when there are 16 clubs in the competition.

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