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‘Chiefs starlets won't be derailed’

Kaizer Chiefs MultiChoice Diski Challenge coach Arthur Zwane believes that his young side can bounce back, despite currently occupying 13th spot in the reserve league standings.

With three losses and a win in their opening four games, they only have more points than fellow strugglers Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu. However, Zwane remains optimistic his team can find some better form, despite losing to Cape Town City in their last game.

He told Chiefs' official website, "We went into this fixture as part of our development programme. The opposition, however, played to win at all cost and the referee didn't make it easy for us as well.

"We conceded a soft penalty early in the match. When that happens, it interferes with your plans. I thought the lads did well to maintain the shape, while at the same time pile on the pressure in an attempt to score.

"I thought the referee committed a blunder to allow their second goal to stand as it was clearly an offsite goal. From there on, City sat back, started cramping with their player sitting down on the pitch at every given opportunity. I thought that was unsporting of them, especially at the development level.

"We will not be derailed though. We know the results won't sit well with our stakeholders, but I want to assure everyone that we are using these kinds of setbacks to learn. Checking the log standings, it doesn’t look good, but we will overcome these obstacles to reach our objectives.

"We had a debutant in the centre of defence, the 17-year-old Njabulo Blom. He partnered the one year younger Thabo Mokwena, who has been playing before for the MDC side. They both played like seasoned campaigners.

"We will take positives from this loss and continue with our development programme, undeterred. We are not used to this position at this point of the MDC league fixtures, however, we will turn the tables soon."


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