Kaizer Chiefs manager Arthur Zwane has predicted a tough season opener against Royal AM this weekend.
Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs will be out for revenge when they meet Royal AM this weekend after suffering home and away defeats to Thwihli Thwahla last season.
That included a 4-1 reversal on their own stomping in the first-ever meeting between the two sides in September last year before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat away from home later in the campaign.
Arthur Zwane has since taken over as head coach at Naturena where he has overseen a rebuilding of the squad during the off-season, with no fewer than eight players coming in to replace the 11 who have left.
Speaking ahead of the weekend’s encounter, the 48-year-old revealed that he was pleased with his side’s preparations and the new combinations that had been formed, but that he nonetheless expected a tough outing against Royal AM.
“We have worked on our preparations, but obviously it won’t be easy because all teams want to do well,” Zwane told the club’s website.
“We have looked at different combinations at the back, the midfield and attack, and we feel we are ready for action. It’s important to start well and work on building on that for the next number of games.
“We will do our best on Saturday and hope that the Amakhosi supporters that will be in the stadium leave with smiles on their faces.”
Chiefs placed fifth in the league standings last season after recording 47 points from their 30 matches, level with Royal AM and Stellenbosch FC who ranked third and fourth respectively due to superior goal difference.