Arthur Zwane will be honest and firm in his team selection at Kaizer Chiefs.
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That’s what he revealed this week after one of the team’s promising youngsters, Njabula Blom, was left out of the starting XI in their 3-0 win over Maritzburg United this week.
Blom has been one of Zvane’s charges since his time in the club’s development structures and was one of the best performers last season.
And with Zwane now the head coach of Chiefs, the likes of Blom, Nkasingifile Ngcoba and others from the club’s development side were expected to be at the fore.
But this is not happening and will not happen, according to Zvane. He made the announcement when asked about Blom’s absence from Tuesday’s game. New signing Dylan Solomons started at right back.
“When it comes to Nyabuloh, he knows he had a terrible game (against Royal AM) by his standards and things like that happen. They happen even to the best in the world,” said Zvane.
“From the beginning of the season … (actually) before we went into preseason, all the players were told that we were going to create a competition. There is no player who leaves home knowing that he has a place in the first XI.
“Everyone will have to dig deeper. Everyone will have to show that they are good enough to play for a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ caliber.”
Solomon had a good game against Maritzburg and could be the man Zwane trusts again when they take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership clash on Saturday afternoon.
“All the players knew that (no one was guaranteed a place) very well. So Nyabula also knew that if he didn’t perform – and especially now that we have Reeve and Solomonovy in his right-back position, who performed very well today (Tuesday).
“He has to improve his game and it’s not just for him, it’s for everybody. (Kgaogelo) Sekgota came on today for Keegan Dolly and he went in there and gave us what we expected from him.
“And it’s healthy competition, and no one owns the position. It starts with training,” the Chiefs coach explained.