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MDC Soweto derby offers Chiefs' title aspirations revival

According to Kaizer Chiefs' reserve league coach Arthur Zwane, their title aspirations of winning MultiChoice Diski Challenge are on the brink of collapsing. Following their 10 - 0 hammering of strugglers Chippa United on October 27, Chiefs were forced to eat humble pie as they succumbed to a 2- 1 defeat to Bidvest Wits on Sunday morning.

"I am very disappointed with the results because we played well, and we didn't take our chances,"Zwane said. "We conceded stupid fouls, here and there. In fact, it was very easy for us to win the league this season - it was there for the taking. We threw it away, because this is one game that can kill everything for us and make our lives difficult.''

The final product of Zwane's three-year-plan was to clinch the league title. However, as they currently sit 10th on the log standings with nine points from seven matches, he insists that they are on the brink of failing to reach that target. In the past two seasons, they achieved their targets as they developed players holistically for the first team. Siyabonga Ngezana is a regular under coach Giovanni Solinas, while Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Wiseman Meyiwa, Khotso Malope have already tasted starting berths with the seniors.

"It's gone, we gave it away. We don't want it but unless these boys can prove us wrong,"Zwane said, as they've got eight matches to make-up for the inconsistency.

Amakhosi's biggest frailty this season has been their inability to convert the numerous chances that they've created upfront. Against the Chilli Boys, it looked as though they've found their mojo in front of goals; however Sunday's loss proved otherwise. The departure of Yusuf Bunting, Katlego Ntsabeleng and Asanda Dyani is proving to be costly for Naturena-based team. Yaseen - Yusuf's younger brother - looked to have been the missing link that Zwane needed this season upfront after he scored a hat-trick on debut against Chippa. However, it seems that was far-fetched as he missed a couple of sitters against the Clever Boys.

"They (Wits) clipped our wings because we thought that every game that we play was going to be easy for us but it was never going to be,"Zwane said. "How many chances did we miss before they got that goal against the run of play? They had only three corners, they scored one and had about three to five dead ball situations and they managed to score another one. I am disappointed with the attitude of these boys, because if they want to play for the first team, these are the games that they should be winning."

The loss to Wits took a blow on their confidence as their next assignment is the Soweto-derby against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at Vosloorus Stadium on Sunday (2pm). Pirates have also had their struggles in the league so far, as they've only bagged five points from seven matches. However, Zwane believes that playing in the derby should be a motivation itself for his troops.

“Maybe this (the loss to Wits) is just a wake up call, I don’t know,”Zwane said. “Maybe they’ll be fired up against Pirates,I don’t know. But I don’t like players that choose matches. However, I am not worried, because those are the games, players need to motivate themselves, and I don’t need to.”


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