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Bobby Motaung optimistic about appointments with Zwane, Shepperd at Chiefs: They saw our challenges

27 May 2022 | 14:09 | Football

Bobby Motaung (Photo Gallo)

Bobby Motaung (Photo Gallo)

  • Kaizer Chiefs director of football Bobby Motaung said it was imperative they gave Dillon Sheppard and Arthur Zwane a chance.
  • The duo have supported Gavin Hunt and Stuart Baxter as head coaches of the Kaizer Chiefs.
  • Zwane and Shepperd will lead from a combination of head coach and assistant on a three-year contract.

Kaizer Chiefs football director Bobby Motaung said Arthur Zwane and Dillon Shepperd perfectly equipped to tackle the club’s current titleless challenge.

Zwane and Shepperd were appointed to three-year contracts as coach and assistant coach respectively after assisting Gavin Hunt and Stuart Baxter.

The captains haven’t won any silverware since the 2014/15 season and have trumped coaches without success.

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Motaung said an internal promotion could also close the club’s intellectual capacity gap, which tends to widen with the appointment of an external coach.

“Different coaches have different challenges and fortunes. As a club we play with a specific philosophy and each coach comes to change that,” said Motaung.

“We reached the Cup finals and finished second in the tournament, but we didn’t, so there were different factors that led to that.

“We’re not saying those people failed, but we’re trying to tackle those challenges and keep Arthur and Dillon explaining that because they did see the challenge.

“Football is about luck and luck and what if they change dramatically this season? Some coaches have come in and don’t understand our challenges and inherited them.

“The difference is that with people who have been in the system, they understand the challenges better and cope better with them.”

With Mamelodi Sundown and Orlando Pirates also using local trainers, the Chiefs rejoined the group.

After Baxter’s successful first term, they tried Steve Komphela and Gavin Hunt, with little showing for it.

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Motaung says continuity is something they have taken from the other two big clubs in terms of how they are appointed.

“There is something good about what they are doing and one of them is continuity,” says Motaung.

“When Pitso Mosimane left Sundown, there was continuity in their staff, so maybe that’s something we need to exploit.

“That helps maintain the culture of the club, and Arthur, along with the people in the technical team, understand this too.”

The player leaves

Motaung though has been evasive when it comes to technical team additions and departures, along with players who will join or leave the club.

“May I please allow those news to happen at the appropriate time. We have informed the coaches and they have been involved in the acquisition process,” Motaung said.

“They are part of the announcements about who will come and go. Those who will leave have also been notified.

“Allow the matter of the departing players to be announced in due time.

“There will be a few additions and changes to the technical team, but like the players, those announcements will be made at a later stage,” said Motaung.

“Whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it with the coaches and they’re part of the process.”