No player is guaranteed a place at Chiefs, says Zwane

Arthur Zwane will be fair and firm in his team selections at Kaizer Chiefs.

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That’s what he revealed this week after leaving one of the team’s promising youngsters Njabulo Blom out of the starting XI in their 3-0 win over Maritzburg United this week.

Blom has been one of Zwane’s proteges since his time in the club’s development structures and was among the best performers last season.

And with Zwane now head coach of the Chiefs, Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and others from the club’s development were expected to top the list.

But that is not happening and will not happen according to Zwane. I revealed it when answering a question about Blom’s absence from Tuesday’s game. New signing Dillon Solomons has started at right-back.

“As for Njabulo, he knows he had a terrible game (against Royal AM) by his standards and these things happen. It happens even to the best in the world,” Zwane said.

“From the start of the season… (actually) before going into pre-season, we told all the players that we were going to create competition. There is no player who will leave his house knowing that he has a place in the first XI.

“Everyone will have to dig deeper. Everyone will have to show that they are good enough to play for a team of the caliber of Kaizer Chiefs.

Solomons had a good game against Maritzburg and could be the man Zwane trusts again when they meet Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership match on Saturday afternoon.

“All the players knew that very well (no one is guaranteed a place). So Njabulo also knew that if he didn’t perform – and especially now that at right-back we have Reeve and Solomons who did very well today (Tuesday).

“He has to improve his game, and it’s not just for him but for everyone. (Kgaogelo) Sekgota came today for Keagan Dolly and he went over there and gave us what we expected from him.

“And it’s healthy competition and nobody holds a position. It starts with coaching,” the Chiefs mentor explained.