“We have used the past four weeks to rectify some of the shortfalls in the team,” coach Arthur Zwane comments. “The break has given us a breathing space considering that we have been struggling to collect points so far this season.”
The MDC fixtures return this weekend with an Asidlali festival taking place at Umlazi’s King Zwelithini Stadium. Kaizer Chiefs Reserves will play against their arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates on Sunday, 12 November. Kick-off is at 14:00.
“A Derby will always be a Derby,” says Zwane. “The lads know very well what is at stake. We have been keeping fit and sharpening some tactical formations during the break. If you recall, we have not been doing great, particularly at the back. Worse, we often conceded towards the end of the match and that shows a lapse in concentration. We have addressed this and it should be sorted now.”
In the last round of MDC fixtures before the break, Chiefs succumbed to an uncharacteristic 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic. “We let ourselves down on the day,” reflects Zwane. “However, we have since taken stock and played a few practice matches to rectify our mistakes, in particularly in defence.”
Zwane remains upbeat. “It’s a given that Siyabonga Ngezane, who has been a regular centre-back for our reserve side is currently commanding a regular place in the first team, as is midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa.
“It is not all gloom in the camp though. There are many positives, especially as we focus on the development side of things. But, make no mistake; the badge needs protection in the process. We have to go through this process of development. However, that includes installing a winning mentality in the lads.”
With the stage all set for the Asidlali festival in Umlazi this weekend, there is no doubt that all eyes will be on Sunday’s Derby match. “We are looking forward to Sunday’s kick-off time,” concludes Zwane. “I have played in many Soweto Derbies myself and I know what the lads are going through. We are trying to psyche them up and focus on the match aspect of the event. We want to move from the bottom half of the table. We can only do that by starting to collect maximum points.”