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Arthur Zwane sheds light on 'huge role' at Kaizer Chiefs

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Arthur Zwane, Dillon Sheppard (Kaizer Chiefs Twitter)
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Kaizer Chiefs' new first-team assistant coach Arthur Zwane says he "has a huge role to play" in helping Dillon Sheppard and Gavin Hunt "understand the club's culture".

Zwane, who doubles up as the Bafana Bafana assistant coach, was in charge of the Amakhosi reserve team before recently being promoted to assistant coach alongside Sheppard to Hunt, who replaces Middendorp as head coach.

The 47-year-old has been in and around the club for 20 years ever since joining as a player in 2000. Zwane hung up his boots in 2010 and had been coaching in the development structures ever since.

And the Amakhosi legend says his main job will be to help Sheppard and Hunt integrate in to the culture of the club as well as supporting the youngsters coming through from the academy structures.

"I have a huge role to play in terms of making Coach Dillon Sheppard and Coach Gavin understand the club's culture and how things are done," Zwane said as quoted by KickOff website.

"I'll also have to support the young boys – those who were promoted already and those who are still coming – in order for them to gel and integrate quickly, they need to understand what the first-team is all about."

Zwane admits that the expectations are now higher than ever now that one of South Africa's most successful coaches ever is at the helm.

"Being taken back to the first-team for the second time means a lot, though it's going to be a lot of responsibility because there'll be expectations in terms of results.

"That means now the mindset will change, it's more about winning now. It's not an easier task now, compared to then [last time helping the first team]. Now I'm going to have to learn to understand how Coach Gavin operates."

- TEAMtalk media

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