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Arthur Zwane: What Steve Komphela did for Kaizer Chiefs is amazing

22:11 GMT+4 08/05/2018
Steve Komphela, Kaizer Chiefs, April 2018
The former Amakhosi winger led his side to MDC Shield glory following their 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane has credited former coach Steve Komphela for their MultiChoice Diski Challenge Shield triumph last weekend.

The young Amakhosi beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in the final at Makhulong Stadium.

Speaking after the match, the man also known as 10111 said Komphela’s legacy may not be seen now, but it is him who laid the foundation for the youth and development structures.

Zwane was assigned in mentoring the Soweto giants’ juniors until Komphela’s departure last month after their 2-0 loss at the hands of Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.

The former winger was handed the reigns alongside Patrick Mabedi, who was Komphela’s assistant coach to steer the ship until the end of the current term.

Amakhosi netted 15 goals in the MultiChoice Diski Shield, and Zwane said Komphela’s work will be evident in the next two years.

“You might not see it now, but I am telling you that in two years’ time people will see what coach Steve Komphela has done for this club in terms of encouraging the youngsters and giving them the confidence,” he said to The Citizen .

“Yes things might not have worked well for him, but what he has done for this team is amazing," he said.

"People might not see it now, but in future they will,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Isolezwe , Zwane said a player that didn’t grow up within the Chiefs development is not the same as one who grew up at the club.

He referred to a player like Yusuf Bunting who is ready to don the first team’s jersey after displaying his quality in fornt of goal for the MDC side.

“A player that didn’t grow up within the development structures of Chiefs is not the same as a player who grew up at Chiefs,” he revealed.

"A way for the club to save money is to develop our own players. The players that won the Shield are between the ages of 16-17. And a few over 20 like (Yusuf) Bunting," he cocluded.

Meanwhile, Zwane will now turn his focus to the senior team as they want to beat Ajax Cape Town and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup in the Mother City on Saturday.