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Hands Off: Masango throws weight behind Chiefs coach Zwane

Many Kaizer Chiefs fans feel the club must get rid of coach Arthur Zwane but ex-midfielder Mandla Masango has a different view.

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Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Mandla Masango has thrown his weight behind coach Arthur Zwane and argues that there are changes since he took over.

Contrary to popular belief, Masango explained that Zwane deserves a fair chance and looked at some of the challenges the coach faced at Chiefs.

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Masango, a former fan favourite at Naturena among the Glamour Boys family, shared his views as Zwane and Chiefs are among trending topics in football circles.


The former Bafana Bafana star who also played for SuperSport United under ex-Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes it was not possible for Zwane to get instant results.

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He argues that using players from the development side means the man also known as Mangethe, needed time to implement his philosophy.

Masango was part of the team that won a number of trophies when he featured with the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala under Baxter – he made his debut as an 18-year-old back in 2007.

To many, Zwane is not the right coach to lead the Soweto giants as Chiefs failed to end the unwanted trophy drought but the Mpumalanga-born Masango has a different opinion.

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“I think there are a lot of improvements compared to other seasons. They are slowly integrating the new guys so in time everything will be fine,” he said per Phakaaathi.

“It’s just a matter of time because some of the guys were playing in the development team. The step up to the senior team comes with a lot of pressure and responsibilities. I was also young and I was groomed into what I am today.

“It’s just a matter of giving them time to gel and eventually they will get it right. I’m positive and we should support the guys because that’s all they need at the moment. Even as a family, when you’re young, you make mistakes and they give you another chance to become better.”

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Having been out of the spotlight since failing to land a new club in 2018, the 33-year-old has addressed speculation that he has decided to hang up his boots.

He set the record straight, saying he is only focusing on business and that football will always be part of his life.

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Masango has been without a professional football club since 2018 following a brief stay at Randers FC of Denmark and says he misses the game.

“No, I haven’t retired. I’m currently in the business space. I was in business even when I was still playing so I was doubling up,” he explained.

“Yes, I miss playing football. It is in my blood and it’s something that will always be with me.”