Zwane: Soweto Derby takes a lot out of players

Kaizer Chiefs coach, Arthur Zwane, believes that his team needs to remain consistent after beating Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby last week.

Amakhosi started the year with three straight losses in a row against Sekhukhune United, Amazulu and Mamelodi Sundowns before turning the corner against Royal AM.

After the 1-0 against Pirates, Zwane has urged his team to remain consistent.

“It’s a matter of consistency and making sure you put players in the right frame of mind all the time and avoiding choosing the games you peak for,” Zwane told

“You know coming from a Derby, whether you come from a loss or a win, it takes a lot out of the players. We just hope we have fully recovered for this next assignment, because it’s equally important for us to grind out a result so we maintain our momentum.

On Saturday, they will play against fourth place Richards Bay. Amakhosi beat the newly promoted side 1-0 at the beginning of the season.

“When you watch them from the beginning of the season they use a lot of energy. They have very good, high-quality players in the middle of the pitch and their technical staff is equally good.

“They’ve been together for some time and have had new additions to boost the technical team. They’ve got a good team of youngsters, with a great balance of bringing in the experience of players who have played at the highest level for quite some time, like Ntsikelelo Nyauza, to guide the young ones.

“When you look at where they are on the log and how they’ve been doing, they’ve done great, they’ve done well so far. That alone tells you that you are playing against a team that can compete and which has very good players.”

Ashley du Preeze will miss the match due an injury he suffered in the Soweto Derby.

By Zola Doda

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