Govinder fills in for Zwane with a lot at stake
Oct. 12, 2019
Kaizer Chiefs’ Head of Development Sundra Govinder has an uphill mountain to climb when he guides the reserves in their MultiChoice Diski Challenge tussle against SuperSport United on Saturday (3pm).
At the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Govinder will be barking instructions on Chiefs’ touch-line, replacing Arthur Zwane, who’ll be assisting Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki during his team's Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against West African nation Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
This will be Zwane’s second successive call-up for the Bafana assistant role under Ntseki, having previously left the post under the stewardship of first-team assistant coach Shaun Bartlett, who did well as his troops thumped defending champions Bloemfontein Celtic 7-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
And that's why Govinder will need ample tricks up his sleeves to ensure that he follows in the footsteps of Bartlett, by at least bagging a win, in the absence of Zwane.
With the Diski Challenge extended for the first time since its inception, that presents a shot at redemption for teams such as Chiefs to hit two birds with one stone: develop players while instilling a winning mentality that will inspire the young guns to champions materials.
Zwane troops have, however, been stuttering in their quest to achieve those aspirations, occupying the seventh spot on the log standing standings with 12 points after three wins, three draws and three losses.
However, having played nine matches and accumulated 12 points - 12 adrift from pacesetters Bidvest Wits, who’ll welcome Baroka FC to their lair Bidvest Stadium – there’s still a long way to go before the curtain comes down on the highly contested Diski Challenge season.
Pressing the panic is not an option for now. Instead, coaches have to work tirelessly so that their troops get their philosophy spot on.
Chiefs’ biggest problem this term has been their inability to have a natural left wing-back, having had to use striker Yaseen Bunting down the flank.
That proved to be their demise, especially with Bunting’s knack for goal and majestic combinations with marksmen Rahim Milazi and Keletso Sifama being the fuel behind their paltry 12-point tally so far.
But, with Govinder side-by-side Zwane during training sessions and match-days, you’d expect him to cover all the necessary angles, right? Well, that’s if SuperSport does not have better tricks up their sleeves.