Arthur Zwane backs Yusuf Maart to thrive in No. 6 role

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Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has backed new signing Yusuf Maart to excel in the No. 6 role at Naturena despite struggling in midfield during his side's 4-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on the weekend.

Featuring a midfield that included Maart, Cole Alexander and fellow newcomer Siyethemba Sithebe, Chiefs were overrun by the reigning DStv Premiership champions en route to suffering their record defeat in the PSL era.

Despite the result, however, Zwane shared his view that Maart possessed all of the qualities needed to perform in the role and that improvement would follow once he had more time to work with the former Sekhukhune United star.

"I think Yusuf has got those qualities. I kept on saying that we don't want to play with fear, we want to be fearless," he said.

"If you look at the difference in [Sundowns'] team and why they didn't give the ball away, it was because (Andile) Jali would always start the play with that little bit of arrogance and Yusuf has got that.

"But he was not himself. He was flat. We looked much better when we move Njabulo (Ngcobo) into the middle because Cole (Alexander) was also a little bit flat.

"So, we do have No. 6s. It's just a case of us working with them and making them understand what we expect from them and what their roles and responsibilities will be in the middle of the park. We will get it right, I don't panic."

GK: Daniel Akpeyi – 1080 minutes played
GK: Daniel Akpeyi – 1080 minutes played
DEF: Reeve Frosler – 1759 minutes played
DEF: Reeve Frosler – 1759 minutes played
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DEF: Siyabonga Ngezana – 1163 minutes played
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DEF: Daniel Cardoso – 1902 minutes played
DEF: Erick Mathoho – 1594 minutes played
DEF: Erick Mathoho – 1594 minutes played
MID: Phathutshedzo Nange – 1898 minutes played
MID: Phathutshedzo Nange – 1898 minutes played
MID: Cole Alexander – 1569 minutes played
MID: Cole Alexander – 1569 minutes played
DEF: Njabulo Blom – 2723 minutes played
DEF: Njabulo Blom – 2723 minutes played
FWD: Keagan Dolly – 2281 minutes played
FWD: Keagan Dolly – 2281 minutes played
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FWD: Khama Billiat – 2430 minutes played
FWD: Bernard Parker – 2134 minutes played
FWD: Bernard Parker – 2134 minutes played
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