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- Less than a week after announcing Arthur Zwane as head coach, Kaizer Chiefs have signed two new players that will join in July.
- Former Amakhosi goalkeeper Briant Baloyi backs Zwane to “unearth new talent” but urges him to recruit players that can “hit the ground running”.
- Chiefs have not won a major title in seven years.
Legendary South African goalkeeper Brian Baloyi says newly appointed Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane must recruit players that can “hit the ground running” in the upcoming season.
Zwane inked a three-year deal with Amakhosi last week after 22 years of service as a player, youth coach and assistant coach to the senior team before being given the big job.
The 48-year-old inherited a squad with an average age of 27.9, with 13 players over the age of 30, including Daniel Akpeyi, Itumeleng Khune, Khama Billiat, Cole Alexander, Daniel Cardoso and Leonardo Castro.
On Monday, Stellenbosch FC confirmed that Amakhosi have acquired the services Ashley du Preez (24) and Zitha Kwinika (28) who will join the club in July as Zwane looks to turn the fortunes of the Soweto giants around.
Speaking to Sport24 exclusively, Baloyi, who played alongside Zwane in the early 2000s, says that his former team-mate will have to consider a lot when assembling his team.
Dealing with pressure
Baloyi also believes that after Covid-19 struck, football has not been the same, and players have not been at their best, including star performers at Chiefs.
“He will have to find the balance… and consider the lot,” said Baloyi, who played 11 years for Amakhosi between 1993 and 2004.
“The last two years in football for a big team like Chiefs, most of the players that you have that has been playing in the past two years, you don’t know if they are good enough or not.
“They don’t know how to play under pressure, real pressure. They don’t know how to play in the derby when there are 70 000 people. The only way to find out is when things open again. The large part of playing for Kaizer Chiefs is dealing with the pressure.
“Football under Covid has not been the same because it is not a true reflection of the type of players you have in your club, and you don’t really know the type of players Chiefs have that need to go, but he is going to have to find a balance.”
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Baloyi does highlight the fact that Zwane’s two decades of service for the club puts him in the best position to “unearth new talent”.
“The biggest challenge for Chiefs is getting players that hit the ground running, especially in this case for him now.
“It is going to be a big challenge to find the right players. But what he has is a positive for him is, most of the players he has in the club come from development, (and) it is players that his known from 12/13 years old and other players in development that he can promote.
“That’s his advantage right now. He understands the system, he understands the type of players he has in development, and it can be a big opportunity for him to unearth new talent as well.”