Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has pointed at the success which continuity has brought Mamelodi Sundowns as he seemingly suggested that the Soweto giants are looking to do the same and are getting closer.
The Brazilians secured a fifth straight league title on Wednesday night, while earlier in the day Chiefs suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss against Golden Arrows.
At on point it seemed as if Chiefs would be the only challengers to Downs’ dominance but it quickly unravelled and Stuart Baxter lost his job as a result of their poor form.
Zwane and Dilion Sheppard have stepped in to fill the void, as they did to much success last season as they guided the club to the Caf Champions League final, with no word yet on who will be give the position on a permanent basis.
Zwane, however, has called for continuity at the club by suggesting that they are looking to follow Sundowns’ example.
“When you look at the way things are right now, you would maybe say that it will take a while but I can assure you that we are getting closer,” Zwane said on Wednesday following their defeat to Arrows. “Yes, if you look at the results – I will make an example with [former Downs] coach Pitso [Mosimane].
“When he was at Sundowns, several times he was close to the sack but the president believed in him and look at where Sundowns is. Even now that he is no longer there, it is almost two years since he left, but there is continuity.
“There is a pecking order in terms of players who are coming in at the different age groups and all that. And when they bring in players, you can see why they are doing that.
“That’s what we are trying to do right now. Not that we are copying Sundowns – I mean Kaizer Chiefs has done that several times in the past – it’s just that right now we haven’t been getting things right for some reason.
“The competition is very stiff. Sundowns made this one very interesting, Orlando Pirates as well, and there are also other teams, there are no longer small teams. All of the teams are equal because on the field it is 11 v 11 in terms of quality.
“So, obviously, we have to change the approach a little bit. We have to tweak it here and there and be firm in the way we want to play as a club. Win or lose, Sundowns will still play with the same tempo and with the same rhythm.
“You can see the self-belief in their players. If you look at their team right now when they play, they have that intimidating aura. When they get onto the field, they have it in their mind that they have already won.
“They are more like us, when I was still playing, we also had that. We would intimidate the opposition… We were so confident and we had that aura, which is something that has been lacking in the team right now and why we are focussing on bringing that back.
“It’s going to take some time but as soon as we get it right, we will be ready to compete with the best.”