Since the start of the DStv Premier League, games have been tight and fast as Kaizer Chiefs have had to deal with injuries and suspensions, making it almost impossible for coach Arturo Zwane to build momentum.
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Zwane has a huge responsibility to bring Naturena back to its glory days, and he feels he can get the job done.
But the fact is that so far everything has not turned out in his favor. An injury to Achely Du Preez in his second game for the team and the suspension of Yossuf Mart after receiving a red card disrupted Zwane’s plans.
“The games are full and fast and unfortunately for us trying to find a balance in terms of how we want to play, we get injuries and suspensions that interfere with planning,” Zwane said this week.
“But it’s part of the game and we’re not complaining. There are other players, but the thing is, they happen just when you think you’ve just won the game and you gain confidence and momentum.
“But then you lose one of the key players and you have to reshuffle and change positions in the team, that’s one of the main problems at the moment.
“We hope to reach a stage where we can play three games and get results with the same team and build on that,” the Amakhosi teacher added.
The Chiefs’ next MTN8 quarter-final is against FC Stellenbosch away at the Danie Craven Stadium in Cape Winelands on Sunday afternoon.
“Look, they don’t come easy. That’s for sure,” says Zvane about the match. “We have just come back from Cape Town where we couldn’t get the results we wanted against Cape Town.
“But it’s going to be a completely different ball game because it’s a cup game. They played Sundowns on Wednesday and also failed to produce a result.
“But that doesn’t mean anything. If you look at their starting line-up, it was mostly MDC boys who were recently promoted. The regulars rested.”