Tuesday Sep 22, 2020. 14:00
Dillon Sheppard and Arthur Zwane have been confirmed as Gavin Hunt’s assistant coaches at Kaizer Chiefs.
The duo will join forces on the Amakhosi bench after years of rivalry on and off the pitch.
Sheppard enjoyed successful spells at Seven Stars, Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, Platinum Stars, Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits in South Africa as a player before venturing into coaching with the Clever Boys. He was in charge of the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) team last season and came close to winning the league before COVID-19 brought an abrupt end to the campaign, while he also served as an assistant to Hunt alongside Paul Johnstone.
Zwane spent the majority of his playing career at Chiefs, before also taking up coaching and was in charge of the Soweto club’s reverse and MDC team last season. He has also recently worked with Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki.
Their experience as professional players and in junior coaching made the decision to appoint them as Hunt’s right-hand men an easy one according to Glamour Boys chairman Kaizer Motaung.
“We believe we have put a solid technical team together and we will give them all the necessary support they require,” Motaung told the club’s website.
“The wealth of experience among the three gentlemen is what we need to ensure we compete and build a strong team.”
He continued: “The fact that Arthur and Dillon will concurrently work with the senior team as well as with our reserve side means that the transition for the young players to the first team squad will be easier,” Motaung explained.
“We have an abundance of talent. However, they will need nurturing while we also need to focus on winning. Both assistant coaches have youth football experience and we believe they will continue to share their knowledge with our other youth coaches and players.”