Chiefs icon Siphiwe Tshabalala has expressed his continued support for coach Arthur Zwane, despite feeling saddened by the team’s inconsistent form. Chiefs secured a well-deserved win against Maritzburg United prior to the recent international break, marking their third successive league victory and taking them up to fourth place in the DStv Premiership, level on 37 points with third-placed Orlando Pirates and only trailing marginally on goal difference.
Upon their return to action, Chiefs will be focused on securing a top-two finish in the DStv Premiership and winning the Nedbank Cup – a season-defining trophy. It is a crucial period for the club, and Tshabalala’s recent comments shed light on the state of the team.
Tshabalala acknowledged the challenges that come with a coaching change, particularly in the first season, and praised the team’s overall consistency despite their ups and downs. He also noted that there are high expectations from fans due to the team’s history and quality.
Although many have criticized Chiefs’ performance this season, they are currently in the top four, level on points with Orlando Pirates. Furthermore, Chiefs have a chance to win the Nedbank Cup as they are in the quarter-finals.
Looking ahead, Chiefs have a relatively favorable schedule as they only face three other teams in the current top half of the standings, and will play three of the bottom four teams. This presents an opportunity for Chiefs to finish the league season on a high note, possibly even securing a top-three finish.
Overall, Tshabalala’s words offer a sense of perspective and encouragement for the team. While the season has had its challenges, there is still a lot to play for and reason for optimism.