Dillon Sheppard and Arthur Zwane join Amakhosi as assistant coaches

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Soweto soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs hits the ground running as the team announces new technical team members, former players Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard.

The team also got a revamp of a new head coach Gavin Hunt who was announced earlier this month.

“Before going into coaching, Zwane played for Kaizer Chiefs between 2000 and 2010 making 252 appearances in official matches. As a winger ‘10111’ managed to score 32 goals and winning no less than 12 trophies with the Glamour Boys.”

“Until recently, he coached the Reserve team that plays in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC).”

The team added that Arthur Zwane is not just their former player he is also responsible for the discovery and nurturing of certain players such as Bruce Bvuma, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Siyabonga Ngezana, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Happy Mashiane, Wiseman Meyiwa, Njabulo Blom, Bontle Molefe, Keletso Sifama, Given Thibedi, Itumeleng Shopane, Ayanda Rorwana and Sizwe Twala among the many young players who are now part of the senior team. Thibedi, Shopane, Rorwana and Twala were moved to Moroka Swallows last season and played an instrumental role in helping The Birds gain promotion to the Premiership.

While on the other hand Sheppard came with Hunt from his previous team Bidvest Wits.

“We believe we have put a solid technical team together and we will give them all the necessary support they require,” says Chairman Kaizer Motaung. “The wealth of experience among the three gentlemen is what we need to ensure we compete and build a strong team.

“The fact that Arthur and Dillon will concurrently work with the senior team as well as with our Reserve side means that the transition for the young players to the first team squad will be easier. We have an abundance of talent. However, they will need nurturing while we also need to focus on winning. Both assistant coaches have youth football experience and we believe they will continue to share their knowledge with our other youth coaches and players.”

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