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Amakhosi MDC coach Zwane speaks on Bafana call up: 'A dream come true'

2019-09-10 09:41
Arthur Zwane and Ernst MIddendorp
Arthur Zwane and Ernst MIddendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs Multichoice Diski Challenge coach 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 website.

"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 in Ireland.

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 short-lived.

"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 a reason."

 

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