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Zwane Explains Decision To Make Ngcobo Super Sub

Caretaker cocach Arthur Zwane has explained why they made the decision to bring Nkosingiphile Ngcobo off the bench instead of putting him in the starting line-up.

Chiefs came behind twice to defeat Golden Arrows 3-2, with Lebogang Manyama grabbing a hat-trick on Wednesday evening.

Read: Manyama Hat-Trick Keeps Chiefs' Top 8 Hopes Alive

The win also kept Chiefs' top-eight hopes alive but Zwane admitted they knew it was going to be a tough clash against Arrows.

"We came into this game knowing very well the importance of grinding out a result and playing against a team that is in the top three bracket at the moment. They came into the game with confidence," Zwane told SuperSport TV.

"Planning for this game, it was a case of allowing them to come at us a little bit. We knew that if we allowed them to exploit the space behind us, they would punish us. They have players with speed and who are very comfortable on the ball. We had to try and manage that.

"We allowed that at some times to dictate terms in the midfield of the park. So we had to bring in Ngcobo, who gave us balance and was good going forward. We needed someone who could just keep the ball for us and get the runners at the right time.

"That was our plan. To start Ngcobo on the bench. Because we knew that Baccus would give us 60 minutes. And knowing that when you bring in Ngcobo and Happy you have more players with speed and who can apply pressure. At that time their energy evels would have dropped.

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"We are only left with one game. We will treat it with respect. We will also prepare like we prepared for this one. Obviously with a slightly different players. They have players who are hard runners. They use a lot of energy.

"We will be ready. It's only 48 hours so we have to prepare the team quickly for the game on Saturday.

"We treat every game with respect. As a team of Kaizer Chiefs calibre, we have to play to win every game. Things haven't been going well for us this season but we understand that it's just a phase. It's only ourselves who can us get out of this."

View the Chiefs players who are out of contract at the end of June, and could be offloaded:

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