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Arthur Zwane admits that his call up to assist Bafana Bafana coach Molefi
Ntseki was a dream come true.
Zwane was called up to serve as Bafana Bafana’s assistant
coach for the abandoned International friendly match against Zambia.
The match was billed to take place in Lusaka, but the host
nation pulled out of proceedings due to xenophobic violence that engulfed South
Africa last week.
"I received a call
from SAFA through the Football Manager (Bobby Motaung)," says Arthur Zwane
about his call up to Bafana Bafana as an assistant coach as quoted by club’s
"It was unexpected but when such opportunities are presented
to you, you embrace and honour the invitation with both hands.
"When the country calls you to serve, there are no two ways
about it. It is nothing but a dream come true for me."
On his arrival at the Bafana camp as an assistant coach, he
says: "I was welcomed warmly at the national team.
"I have had constant contact with coach Molefi Ntseki dating
back from 2013. We have been sharing ideas since and got to a solid level of
understanding over the years."
Zwane has been busy behind the desk upgrading his coaching
qualification after completing his B and A Licenses both with CAF.
He also recently acquired UEFA B Licence which he attended
Zwane was not in unfamiliar territory in the national team.
As a player, he represented Bafana Bafana at least nine times. He has also worked
with some of the players who were selected for the camp.
On the Football Association of Zambia’s decision to call off
their match against Bafana Bafana, he laments: "It was heart-breaking to receive
the news that our International Friendly match against Zambia was called off
due to xenophobic riots.
"I wish for sanity to prevail and things to get back to
normality. We need to unite as Africans."
A replacement match was organized SAFA, but the relief was
"We got a reprieve when we heard that we have a replacement
match against Madagascar," says Zwane.
"It felt like a second blow to get the news that Madagascar
too had pulled out of the match. But we have faith that everything happens for