Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane resumes hunt for CAF Champions League finish

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Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane is on a mission to finish in second place and qualify for the CAF Champions League.
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane is on a mission to finish in second place and qualify for the CAF Champions League.


Arthur Zwane’s chase for a DStv Premiership runner-up finish will continue this weekend as Kaizer Chiefs host stubborn Stellenbosch at FNB Stadium on Saturday, knowing that anything less than a win may see his pursuit stalled.

By 7.30pm on Saturday, fourth-placed Chiefs will have made or lost ground in their mission to topple second-placed SuperSport United, who will be away against Chippa United in Gqeberha.

Both Chiefs and SuperSport may kick off their matches under pressure if third-placed Orlando Pirates win their match against Richards Bay in Durban, which will start at 3pm.

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Stellenbosch are unbeaten in their last five matches – winning four and drawing one – thanks to the exploits of their returnee striker Iqraam Rayners who was voted the DStv Premiership player of the month for February/March. 

Rayners forged a deadly combination with Devon Titus and they scored 14 goals between them in seven games in all competitions.

Zwane said: 

That alone tells you that it is not an easy team to play against and they are coming to us looking for maximum points. We are going to have to brace ourselves for war.

While Chiefs had no representation in Hugo Broos’s Bafana Bafana team that got the four required points in the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Liberia last week, Zwane had a few key players away on other national duty.

Zwane has had to prepare for Stellenbosch without Samkelo Zwane and Mduduzi Shabalala, who were with the Under-23 national team that failed to qualify for their age group Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-1 and 0-0 draw against Congo of Brazzaville.

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Chiefs striker Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana was away with the Burundi national team while Edmilson Dove represented Mozambique.

Zwane said: 

We had a week-and-a-half of break, which might be a bit of a challenge in breaking our rhythm and keeping the momentum going.

"We are prepared and we hope that our national team players are back without any niggling injuries."

The players' return to the club was imminent at the time of writing this article. 

DStv Premiership fixtures this weekend


Richards Bay vs Orlando Pirates

(King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, 3pm)

Kaizer Chiefs vs Stellenbosch

(FNB Stadium, 5.30pm)

Chippa United vs SuperSport United

(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, 5.30pm)

AmaZulu vs Swallows

(Moses Mabhida Stadium, 8pm).


Golden Arrows vs Sekhukhune United (Princess Magogo Stadium, 3pm)

TS Galaxy vs Maritzburg United (Mbombela Stadium, 5.30pm).

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