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‘Love and Peace’ has led Chiefs to Champions League final, says emotional Zwane

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Emotions overwhelmed Arthur Zwane when he spoke about his journey and his protégés after they inspired the senior team to their first ever Caf Champions League final this month.

Arthur Zwane embraces Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma. Picture: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

ARTHUR Zwane has embraced his role of moulding youngsters at Kaizer Chiefs, so much so that emotions overwhelmed him when spoke about his journey and his protégés after they inspired the senior team to their first ever Caf Champions League final this month.

“As you know our slogan is ‘Love and Peace’,” he said. “And that’s what we should be practising as coaches and players. Ever since I’ve been here – I’ve been here for 21 years – that’s what the team taught me: To love the players, myself, the fans and everyone.”

He added: “God is amazing. He does things in a mysterious way. Here we are today – myself, (Nkosingiphile) Ngcobo and other development players – having taken the team to the Champions League final. That tells you if there’s a plan in place, it can be executed.”

Before hanging up his boots, Zwane enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned almost a decade at Chiefs. But it’s with the development structures that he’s repaid the faith shown to him by the club, developing youngsters the “Chiefs way”.

Of course, that came at a price as their rivals were chasing results. But when his philosophy was being grasped by his charges, results were there for all to see – Chiefs hammering Mamelodi Sundowns reserves 3-1 to win the inaugural DStv Diski Shield in 2018.

Some of the players from that group have gone on to become fully fledged professionals, graduating to the first team, while others have been loaned out.

Those that have stayed in the team are earning their stripes, especially after last season’s transfer ban.

Siyabonga Ngezana was the most improved player last season. Njabulo Blom marshalled the engine room. Bruce Bvuma was colossal between the sticks, ensuring that Chiefs finished in the top-eight and reached the semis and final of the Champions League.

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has delivered on the promise he showed in his early days in the reserve league.

His ability to find pockets of space and dazzle his way past defenders is second to none. His conversion rate also improved in his first full season.

Ngcobo is not only hoping to deliver the African dream to Chiefs against defending champions Al Ahly on July 17 in Casablanca, Morocco, but he’ll also be part of the national team at the Tokyo Olympic Games this month.

Ngcobo was drafted into the final 20-man squad by Under-23 national team coach David Notoane. He’s set to play in his first global showpiece after missing out on the Under-20 World Cup due to an Achilles injury after being the country’s best player in the qualifiers.

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