Despite all the struggles Kaizer Chiefs have been going through this season, Zito Quinico, one man who has been consistent at the back and featured in all their matches, is happy to be back at the club that raised him and is showing maturity.

Quiniko, formerly known as Macheke, was transferred from the club in 2014 during Stuart Baxter’s first spell at the club.

The following season he was released permanently to Chippa United, after outstanding performances at Chippa, Bidvest Wits and most recently FC Stellenbosch, he returned home and is happy with his progress.

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Quinnick was just 20 when he was promoted to Amakhosi and it was also the last season in which the Chiefs managed to win silverware, the league and the cup. After eight years, he returns to the club with serious problems, especially when it comes to results and performances.

So far this season, he has played with Siyabong Ngezan and Njabulo Ngkobo at centre-back, and he has answered questions about the preferred centre-back pairing.

“I think coaches themselves prepare teams for different games, yeah, you’re going to get a steady partner, whatever you want to call him.”
“But I think we all have the same goal,[and] we work together, obviously in football we have different capabilities, others are strong here and there, so it depends on the game,” Quinico said.

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“You’re going to have a guy like Sia [Siyabonga Ngezana]Siya can win any battle on any day, Mafaloba [Njabulo Ngcobo] ball player, you have a tower [Eric Mathoho]…so every game has its players, but if we get that balance as a whole team, then it will be easier for the team to go forward, it doesn’t matter who plays and who doesn’t play, I don’t think it matters, on this moment over time it just gels as a team, even if there’s no one else you wouldn’t even notice it, I think that’s an important part.”

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