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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

There’s still a future for Zwane at Kaizer Chiefs – Reports

What does the immediate future hold though?

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The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Samkelo Zwane will be allowed to leave the club on loan next season but there’s still a big future for him at Kaizer Chiefs.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Samkelo Zwane has been a bit-part player this season after the 22-year-old midfield schemer fell down the pecking order. Interim head coach Cavin Johnson has favoured more experienced options Yusuf Maart, Sibongiseni Mthethwa, Edson Castillo and even the soon-departing Siyethemba Sithebe in the all-important engine room. This situation didn’t look likely at the back end of the last campaign when Zwane became a fixture in the side under Molefi Ntseki. Whether or not he can return after a potential loan move is up for debate. In August last year, Zwane signed a new five-year contract so it would be a surprise if the club didn’t wait another season at least before making a definitive decision on his future.

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Samkelo Zwane makes his Chiefs debut against Stellenbosch FC. Image: @FMSouthAfrica / Twitter

Zwane is frozen out at Naturena

The 22-year-old Zwane has made only seven league appearances this term, the most recent of those coming as a substitute against Richards Bay. His agent Mike Makaab has explained his lack of game time and also alluded to what his client’s prospects at Chiefs are next season.

“I’ve spoken to the youngsters about this. It’s always difficult for any football coach to play young players when the team is not playing consistently well because your fear as a coach is that the pressure on the younger players, under difficult circumstances, might affect them negatively. I don’t think it’s a matter of the coach (Why Zwane isn’t playing). I think it’s because the team (Chiefs) is struggling to end any sort of consistency. It’s difficult to blame the technical staff for not wanting to play young players,” Makaab told Soccer-Laduma.

Upcoming Kaizer Chiefs fixtures

  • 27 April vs SuperSport United (H) – 17:00
  • 02 May vs Mamelodi Sundowns (H) – 19:30
  • 11 May vs AmaZulu (A) – 17:00
  • 18 May vs Polokwane City (H) – 15:00
  • 25 May vs Cape Town Spurs (A) – 15:00
  • TBC – TS Galaxy (A)

What’s the best place for Sakelo Zwane to develop further as a top-class central midfielder?

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