'The Real Value Of A Player Comes In The Second Season'

Kaizer Chiefs during the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Kaizer Chiefs during the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs have not had the start to the season they would have liked after a squad overhaul in the off-season. 

Chiefs had a mass clear-out of players, with the likes of Samir Nurkovic, Bernard Parker, Leonardo Castro, Lebogang Manyama, Daniel Cardoso, Dumisani Zuma, Kearyn Baccus and Ramahlwe Mphahlele leaving the club. 

Amakhosi then gave Arthur Zwane the head coaching position on a permanent basis to start a new project, as new signings were brought to the club. 

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However, the Glamour Boys have not had the success they would have liked, at least in the first four months, with new signings such Yusuf Maart, Ashley Du Preez and Siyethemba Sithebe yet to reach the top form they were known for in their former teams. 

Former Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says it's unrealistic to expect the team to have instant success, as new players normally need time to settle. 

"It's a fantastic step that Chiefs started but in this moment, now you have to stick to it because it's not done in six months, in three months to have an identity," Middendorp said in an interview on Marawa Sports World Wide

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"It's not done by Alex Ferguson, by Pep Guardiola, by Ernst Middendorp or by Arthur Zwane. It needs time. You need to go into it. And all the players that you bring in, sometimes it's the research. 

"Very, very clear, mention about it. The real value of a player when you bring him to a new club, the real value comes out, often, only in the second season and that's proven. That's researched all over the world," he said.  

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There has been reports that the Chiefs management are monitoring Zwane's progress, after Amakhosi were bundled out of the MTN8 in the semi-finals by AmaZulu on away goals. The Glamour Boys' wait for an official trophy since 2015 continued as a result.

However, Middendorp went on to stress that building a team is not done overnight and they need to be patient with Zwane. 

"Therefore, now as Chiefs, they did in the beginning of the season fantastic, but now stick it for the next two years, three years, with the same coach and identify a style, identify a certain way to play, what you can really say that's the Chiefs style," he said. 

"That's not done in two or three months, what people are thinking and I see, 'Oh the management is observing Arthur Zwane', nonsense. You made this decision, you bring him in, then stick to it, then after the second season, then make your point, what was right and what is wrong," he added.  

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