Ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder pleads with fans to give Zwane time

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Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula has pleaded with the Amakhosi faithful to be patient with new head coach Arthur Zwane.

"I think he can be successful but the fans will have to be patient," Mathebula says.

Arthur Zwane was promoted to the Kaizer Chiefs head coach position towards the end of last season after the club parted ways with Stuart Baxter following a run of poor form.

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This won’t be his first stint at the helm however, the 48-year-old also served as the club’s interim manager after the dismissal of Gavin Hunt. Alongside Dillion Shepard, Zwane was able to steer the club away from what was looking very likely to be an embarrassing finish outside the top 8, as well as guiding Amakhosi to a CAF Champions League final where they fell to Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly.

"Look the fans have been calling for him (Zwane) to be the head coach and the club hierarchy has delivered that. Now it's up to the fans to support the club, come out to the stadiums and back him. That's what I’m hoping to see," the former Marumo Gallants coach tells KickOff.

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Amakhosi have been shrewd in the transfer market, securing the services of Stellenbosch’s Ashely Du Preez, Swallows trio of Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Dillon Solomons, and Lehlogonolo Matlou before the marquee signing of Yuusuf Maart from Sekhukhune all before the end of June. The club has also released more than 10 players from the squad in preparation for Zwane’s reign.

"I think they’ve done very well in the market. They got their targets and sorted their business early. That shows they have great leadership at the club and that’s wonderful to see," adds Mathebula.

"It’s good for the coach because it makes it a bit easier to prepare for a new season. It also gives players and chance to get to know each other. That’s why I’m asking the supporters to give him time because these players have to understand each other and understand what the coach needs from them."