Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane says he was not worried about his job security going into the Soweto Derby and understands what he needs to do to appease disgruntled supporters.
Zwane lead Chiefs to a 1-0 victory in his first encounter against Orlando Pirates in his coaching career with Yusuf Maart scoring from his own half – an ironic sight given he used to don the back and white shirt at youth level.
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The Amakhosi coach himself was once on the books of the Buccaneers during his playing days and after the vital three points that moved them above their Soweto rivals before the mid-season break, he claimed that the pressure was not getting to him, as many have suggested.
“Not really, I will tell you why – I think as a club we’ve got a plan and we know that some of the things will take some time to get it where we want it,” he said at FNB Stadium.
“We’ll keep on grinding and working hard. I came into this game, not even worried about my job and also helping the players deal with the pressure, for me, pressure is a privilege.
“If I’m not privileged, then I wouldn’t be sitting here, there are many other people who would want to be in my position right now, so that’s a privilege and it means I need to deal with the pressure. Luckily for me, I’m used to pressure.
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“As a player, I played for Pirates and Chiefs, so I understand pressure, I know what it means, I understand when our supporters aren’t happy and the only thing I need to do is to respond to how we did [winning the Soweto Derby].”
Chiefs will now turn their attention to the Carling Black Label Cup as they face Pirates in their opening clash before the final against the winner between AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns.