How Zwane helped Chiefs to CAF glory

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane will be turning back the hands of time to the influence he had when the club last reached the semi-finals of a CAF club competition.

Back in 2001, when Zwane was still a slippery winger nicknamed ‘10111’, he stood out amongst the top performers as Chiefs won the then-CAF Cup Winners’ Cup against all odds in a year that they were named Club of the Year at the CAF awards.

The Cup Winners’ Cup was disbanded three years later and merged with the CAF Cup, giving rise to what is now the known as continent’s second tier inter-club competition – the CAF Confederation Cup.

Twenty years later, Amakhosi have reached the CAF Champions League semi-final and must again deal with North African opposition as they seek to bomb their way into the final.

Back then, it was Club Africain from Tunisia standing in their way, and this time around it is Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

When that semi-final against Club Africain was played, Zwane was running on a pair of 28-year-old legs with so much experience that he was one of only three players who started all 15 cup games from that 2001/02 season.

The other two players who achieved that feat were Brian Baloyi and Patrick Mabedi – the scorer of the goal that eventually won Chiefs the continental trophy.

Zwane earlier scored in the second round first leg tie against Sunshine SC from Seychelles, as Chiefs ran out 5-0 aggregate winners.

He then scored the crucial away goal at Ismaily of Egypt, as Chiefs drew 1-1 to proceed to the semi-finals, after having played a goalless draw at home.

That goal – scored late in the game – would eventually carry its worth in gold on a day when Mushin Ertugral’s tactics worked the magic.

In the semi-final first leg played at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, the current Chiefs interim coach provided the cross that put the team into the lead, courtesy of Thabo Mooki.

Mooki then added a second with the Glamour Boys winning 2-0 as Zwane menaced down the flanks.

The second leg in Tunis was another warfare with Zwane playing 90 minutes substitute Luke Petros Jukulile struck a late winner.  

Last Saturday, Zwane sat on the bench as joint caretaker coach with Dillon Sheppard in the absence of Stuart Baxter, who is still awaiting the issuing of his work permit.

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