In a media briefing at the FNB Stadium on Thursday, the Chiefs first announced there would be a “big club announcement”, and then confirmed that Zwane would take the top post permanently on a three -year contract.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed Dillon Sheppard will be Zwane’s assistant.
Kaizer Chiefs has officially appointed Arthur Jabulani Zwane as senior team head coach on a three -year contract, effective immediately.
The Soweto -born Zwane has previously been a temporary head coach at various times in the past – most recently in April after the departure of Stuart Baxter – where he led the team to the last seven league games in 2021/22. season.
Earlier in the campaign, he had led three games until the festive break during the Covid-19 outbreak in December 2021. He was also in charge at the end of last season, overseeing the team in the last two DStv Premiership games. the 2020/21 season and the CAF Champions League semifinals both against Wydad Casablanca.
He won a league match and was able to sneak the team into the top 8 on the final day and qualified Chief Kaizer for the historic CAF Champions League final.
With 22 years of service under his belt, Zwane is as steeped in the traditions and culture of the Kaizer Chiefs as one can be. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a skilled winger, amassing 32 goals in 252 appearances in all competitions for Amakhosi. Between his arrival in 2000 and his retirement ten years later, he helped the Club to win 12 major trophies, including the CAF Cup Winners ’Cup, 2 league titles, MTN8, Coca Cola Cup, Absa Cup, BP Top8 and Telkom Knockout.
In addition, he represented the ninth Bafana Bafana on the international stage.
He retired in 2010 as Vladimir Vermezovic’s assistant at Kaizer Chiefs and worked with the first team until May 2012, maintaining roles under Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse after replacing Vermezovic who left at the end of the season.
Shifting his focus, he began working with the Head Youth Academy Development program in 2012, holding positions with the U-13, U-17 and U-19 teams for four seasons before becoming the Club’s Reserve Team coach.
During his time in the Youth Development structure, he helped find and produce players such as Siyabonga Ngezana, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Sabelo Radebe, Njabulo Blom, Bruce Bvuma, Mduduzi Shabalala, Bontle Molefe, Keletso Sifama, Lebohang Lesako, Thabol Macheke, Mokwena and Happy Mashiane, as well as people like Lorenzo Gordinho, Zitha Kwinika, Given Thibedi, Sanele Tshabalala and Wiseman Meyiwa. He went on to win his inaugural Multichoice Disk Shield in 2018 with the majority of his players.
He also studied for a coaching badge and earned the UEFA B License Coach Badge, as well as the CAF A and B License Coach Badges.
The club chairman, Kaizer Motaung, expressed confidence in Zwane’s ability to lead Amakhosi to glory.
“We want to take this opportunity and congratulate coach Arthur Zwane for this great appointment. The plan we have worked on over the years to select Arthur as Head Coach has come true. After seeing his passion for the game and his willingness to learn, we have sought to bring it about.” “he was able to lead the seniors when the time was right and we believe that now is the time. We are also thankful that he has been patient and continues to work hard to develop his coaching skills and abilities by educating himself, which is key in the modern game,” Motaung said after the announcement. it.
“Arthur is someone who grew up in Chiefs and has a complete understanding of our culture. We said last year when we chose the Director of Sports and Chief Technical that we want to work with people who know our philosophy. This is important because coaches work with these two people each. that day, ”added the Chairman.
Zwane gained international experience when he was called up as Bafana Bafana’s assistant coach in 2020 and 2021, working with Molefi Ntseki, who is currently Kaizer’s Head of Technical and Development.
Kaizer Chief Sports Director Kaizer Motaung Jr., who plays with Zwane said, “It’s no secret that we’ve had some challenging seasons over the past few years. We need to make important changes to guide us to what we believe will make us foundation for long-term success.We are confident that our supporters and everyone associated with the Kaizer Chiefs brand will immediately smile.
“One of the main reasons the Club decided to choose Coach Arthur Zwane was his deep understanding of Kaizer Chiefs’ playing philosophy and exceptional work ethic. His innovative and modern approach to the game makes him a suitable candidate to drive this unique project into the future. , “added Motaung Jr.
Coach Zwane will be assisted by Dillon Sheppard, who joined the Chiefs in 2020 as an assistant coach.
Sheppard, a product of the School of Excellence, has played top-ranked football for several local and international teams (Russia and Greece) for the last 19 years.
He has represented national teams at all levels: U-17, U-19, U-23 and senior teams.
The two have worked together as assistant coaches over the last two seasons and have built incredible trust and synergy.
“We all work with coaches to hire some players in important positions that match the profile of what we are looking for,” said Football Manager Bobby Motaung. “This is how to make a strong and powerful team for the new season and next. We have some good football minds in our technical structure and we are confident it will bring in players who will add value when they reach the Chiefs.
Zwane and the technical team will immediately begin the task of planning the new season.