Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has explained that Njabulo Blom was dropped from the starting line-up due to his “terrible game” against Royal AM.

The new Amakhosi coach collected his first win as head coach in the Chiefs dugout after his side beat Maritzburg United 3-0.

Zwane made two changes to his starting XI, replacing Blom with Dillan Solomons, while George Matlou came in for Cole Alexander.

‘10111’ explained after the match that Blom fell victim to tough competition in the squad after a bad performance in the opening-day defeat to Royal AM.

“When it comes to Njabulo, he knows very well that he had a terrible game by his standards,” he said in the post-match press conference.

“[But] those things they do happen, they happen to the best players in the world.

“From the beginning of the season, in pre-season, all the players were told we’re going to create competition. There is no player that will leave his home, knowing he’ll just walk into the first XI.

“Everyone will have to dig deeper. Everyone will have to show that he’s good enough to play for a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ calibre and all the players they knew very well.

“Njabulo knew as well, if he doesn’t perform, more especially in his position as right-back, there is Reeve [Frosler], there is [Dillan] Solomons who did very well today, so he must up his game and it goes to everyone, not only him, to all the players.

“[Kgaogelo] Sekgota came in today, we substituted Keagan Dolly and he went in there and gave us what we expected of him. As I said it’s a healthy competition and it starts from training.”

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