Chiefs switch focus to Caf Champions League spot - Arthur Zwane

Chiefs switch focus to Caf Champions League spot - Arthur Zwane

Embattled Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane has conceded that a realistic target for the club would be to chase the second Caf Champions League spot this season.

Speaking just after their 1-0 loss to runaway log leaders and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, Zwane acknowledged the 22-point gap with 13 matches to go between the two teams is just too much.

Just a week ago, Zwane had said the title race will go to the wire but now reality has set in after Amakhosi suffered a historic double defeat to the Brazilians for the first time in the PSL era.

"We really want to go and play in the Champions League next season. I've tasted it, when I was part of the team as the assistant coach... or was it two seasons ago? So, I want to go back there," said Zwane.

"I think that will help our boys grow [and] it will help our players to know what it's like to compete at that level, because some of these players must come back and represent their country at international level.

"So, it's equally important for us to participate at that level and we will push for second spot if we can't, you know, get anything, but I think second spot is realistic."

Having seen his side squander numerous chances in recent weeks, while rivals Orlando Pirates seem to be experiencing new fortunes, 'Mangethe' says they are open to enlisting the services of a striker coach.

"We got many opportunities that we could have taken, and we did not, so ja, maybe going forward we might look to strengthen that department of maybe getting a striker coach, who can help us because there's so much going on in the game now," he added.

"The game has evolved, so if we can't get it right as coaches then maybe we can go that route."