Zwane delighted to overcome Chiefs' hoodoo team

Arthur Zwane
Arthur Zwane

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane was pleased to see the club end their losing record against their hoodoo team Royal AM.

Chiefs came to the game on a three-game losing streak, but finally turned things around thanks to second-half goals by Sifiso Hlanti and Ashley Du Preez.

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"Ja, look we obviously started the year very sloppy but in terms of performance, not bad at all, we were just not scoring goals in all the previous games that we played," Zwane told SuperSport TV.

"We created chances, at least today we managed to score, capitalised and kept a clean-sheet. I must give credit to the boys, they fought, they gave everything, I'm so proud of them even when we were one man down (Dillan Solomons got injured late in the game and Chiefs had used all their substitution slots).

"But it's a worrying factor when you lose two of your right backs (due to injury), so we going to have to reshuffle the game again. But obviously as coaches we always come with a plan,.

"It was never going to be an easy game, they've always been our hoodoo team, we wanted to break that ice as well in many ways. We've never beaten them, we've never won a game this season (year), we've never scored a goal, so this game was for us to turn things around."

Zwane also revealed that part of their game plan was to neutralize Ricardo Nascimento not to be too much on the ball and explained his game plan in detail.

"It worked (out) for us and we also planned not to allow (Ricardo) Nascimento (time) on the ball because he can pin-point the runners, he's more like a centre-back but those dangerous ones when he's got the ball, to pick the right players at the right time and ja we wanted to nullify him and it worked," he said.

"From first half we said, first 20 minutes let's put them under pressure, let's suffocate them, the altitude obviously will make their lives difficult, second-half then we kill the game off and it worked out for us, that was the plan."

After a goalless first stanza, Zwane gave new signing Christian Saile Basomboli his debut off the bench early in the second stanza and the Democratic Republic of Congo striker gave Chiefs a different dimension, as he assisted the second goal scored by Du Preez.

"Ja, look he gave us the extra oomph we were looking for, we were so much aggressive, we gave them no space, we were pressing them, we knew that we'll win that midfield battle, we just needed to be a little bit aggressive going forward," he explained.

"When he came on he gave us that, that's why we managed to score the second goal."

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