The famous news of Arthur Zwane’s appointment as Kaizer Chiefs head coach for the next three years came with a mandate from the Motaung family yesterday.
It’s not typical of a big club like Chiefs to be in a cup drought for over six years. Amakhosi last lifted a trophy under Stuart Baxter when they won MTN 8 and the league title in the 2014/15 season.
Baxter left the club for greener pastures in Turkery. Since then all the coaches that were given the driving seat have fallen short. The Motaungs are clear that they want to win trophies.
“Fortunately, Arthur and Dillon have been part of the process of what we’ve been trying to achieve. I mean we lost out in the final of the [CAF] Champions League with them, we lost out in cups, the league, top eights and all that, so they know the challenges that we are facing,” Motaung told the media at Zwane’s unveiling.
“There is a drought in the cabinet and the supporters are looking forward to achieving something in terms of trophies, so, it’s a continuation. They are coming into a system they have been part of. And it’s about success, achieving and winning trophies.
“I think that’s why one of the reasons again to say let’s rather keep them and let them lead because they’ve raised their hands and they know the challenge.”
Chiefs have been overpowered in three cup finals since their trophy drought began – 2015 MTN 8 against Ajax Cape Town, 2016 Telkom Knock Out against Mamelodi Sundowns, 2019 Nedbank Cup against TS Galaxy, and 2021 CAF Champions League against Al Ahly.
“So, they are coming in on a mandate that is clear that we need to win trophies, bring back the Chiefs playing style and make the supporters happy. As a club we want to win trophies as early as we start next season,” he added.
“We need to achieve and we are investing, getting them [Zwane and Sheppard] players they require, the technical support that they need from technical systems and technologies.”
In 2019, the Glamour Boys came close to ending the drought when they lost the league to Mamelodi Sundowns on the last matchday under coach Ernst Midderndorp. Subsequently, the German coach and his assistant coach Shaun Bartlett were then sacked. This is arguably the best season they have had since 2015.
At the moment, Chiefs are 4th on the DStv Premiership standings and could move down if Royal AM gets a draw or win today against Orlando Pirates.