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Opinion: What Zwane did undermined Dolly & Billiat

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Arthur Zwane had a lot of explaining to do after a heavy 4-0 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns

The big reason for Chiefs' loss to Sundowns could be attributed to two costly errors by defender Siyabonga Ngezana, after his back pass was intercepted by Gaston Sirino, who scored into a gaping net and Ngezana conceded a penalty soon thereafter, which was scored by Peter Shalulile. 

Those two mistakes gave the Brazilians a huge advantage in the game. However, there were other contributing factors, chief among them being Ashley Du Preez's injury and subsequent decision by Zwane for his replacement. 

Zwane raised eyebrows after he replaced Du Preez with Dillan Solomons, who is perceived to be a wing-back.

However, "Mangethe" has explained that he chose Solomons to replace Du Preez due to his speed and was comfortable making that decision because the former Swallows utility player is naturally a winger.

"When Ash started training he gave us that hope but when he pulled out of the training now we have to restructure, how we’re going forward,” Zwane said in the post match presser, per iDiski Times

"So we tried to just to keep the pace upfront, let’s start with Solomons because he was once a winger, actually naturally he’s a winger. So we said let’s put him in position 10 and also giving us that width and the speed, we wanted to keep that pace going forward.

“The only time you pose a threat to Sundowns defence was going to have players, these profile players who can have that combination of break-attacks going forward. But it wasn’t to be and as I said we learned a lot from this game and we move on.”

However, in making the decision to include Solomons in place of Du Preez, Zwane, in my opinion, did not factor a critical point; the message he is sending to two other attackers, Keagan Dolly and Khama.

Solomons could have played as a winger at some point in his career but he is viewed as a wing-back now.

Dolly and Billiat expect to play upfront with someone who can read their movements and is comfortable on the ball.

Against Sundowns, Solomons only looked to attack through wing play and that isolated Dolly and Billiat.

In the two games that he has played, Du Preez was able to drift away from the wide left channel, to look for runs and combinations in the centre and Billiat and Dolly also interchanged positions.

This variety was not possible against Sundowns, as Solomons, on attack, is a typical winger and not a forward. 

By making that decision, Zwane sacrificed Dolly and Billiat's creativity and that on it's own is to undermine their ability because when the team is not performing, the blame will fall squarely on their shoulders. 

By Thato Bosoga 

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