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Arthur Zwane, head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: BackpagePix.

Bad news for drinkers and smokers at Chiefs

Any drinkers and smokers at Kaizer Chiefs? If so they’re in trouble. Coach Arthur Zwane is not a fan of that behaviour.

Kaizer Chiefs Zwane Phalane

Arthur Zwane, head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: BackpagePix.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has warned his players who drink and smoke, as well as all potential players who may join Amakhosi while he is in charge.

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Speaking to the media this week, Zwane revealed that he simply has zero tolerance for players who drink alcohol or smoke.

“I’m the most difficult coach to work with,” the former winger said via FARPOst.

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“Discipline comes first and I always remind them. I don’t like players that drink and smoke for many reasons.

“I for one don’t even go to parties at some point. Maybe if it’s something happening at home, I’ll just show up for one hour and go home for obvious reasons.

“I’m not saying they mustn’t socialise but I’m saying a complete footballer needs to know what he wants.

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“Gone are those days where professional footballer would have 20 friends, you must know what you want, you must know your circle, you must know who you mix with at home, who you trust and who you don’t, who you want to work with and how to improve your game.

“There’s no time anymore to have 20 friends, you go to Soweto, and from there you go to Sandton.

“You have to focus on yourself,” Zwane added.

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Kaizer Chiefs team picture during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 game between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium in Stellenbsoch on 9 October 2022 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix.


Zwane further explained how Amakhosi took action to manage the players’ fitness and behaviour during the past December festive season break… a time when local players often splurge on excess alcohol and unhealthy food.

“It [FIFA World Cup break] was always gonna be difficult for us because this time of the year is festive season,” he added.

“A lot of people are thinking of going and enjoying themselves.

“We had to put our foot on the ground to say, this is how we gonna do things.

“And if we find out that you do wrong, you’re out, we focus on those who want it most.

“And that is why I’m saying, it goes down to one thing, discipline. It means a lot of things, you see a lot of dedication, a player sacrifices.

“Luckily, we have boys that most of them are coming from the development and we’re very strict as well.

“They’re very respectful from the development because we have a policy and a way of doing things in terms of the respect,” the Soweto-born coach concluded.

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