How Alexander of the Chiefs Got Zinedane Zidane’s Nickname “Zizou”

Kaiser Chiefs midfielder Cole Alexander has revealed how he got the unexpected nickname for the defensive midfielder.

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Alexandre says he got the nickname Zizou, used by French legend Zindan Zidane, because of his love for the former Real Madrid star.

“I usually give myself nicknames and tell everyone to call me that,” Alexander said in a recent interview with Kaizer Chiefs TV.

“When I was growing up, everyone knew that I was a big fan of Zinedine Zidane, and that’s when most of my friends started calling me Zizou. That was my childhood nickname.”

And although Alexander cannot match his idol in skill and ability to deal with defenders, he compensates for this with his qualities.

Alexander is a solid midfielder who does his job as quietly as possible. His impact on the team speaks for him.

He fit in perfectly in the central midfield position at Amahoshi and developed a good relationship with Phathutshezo Nange.

Alexander is also capable of scoring multiple goals, and he scored one for the Chiefs in his first season.
He says football is all he ever wanted to do since childhood.

“When I was six or seven, football was my only passion. It was only later in my life that I started to think about something more than just football.

“Since I joined the Chiefs, it has been a pleasure to be here. Unity (is) not only within the team, but also among everyone in the village.

He also got to experience the thrill of playing the Soweto derby, although his first experience was diluted by the lack of fans on the football grounds at the time.

“In my first Soweto derby, in the DStv premier league, we won. Unfortunately, there were no fans at the stadium. But this was another case that will go down in the history books of my life.

“It was a special and good experience for me. Luckily we won every derby. I am very pleased with this.”

Zizou has also had his fair share of injuries: “The problems that I’ve had to deal with as a professional – and I’m pretty sure that not only me, but many others – are injuries and anxiety.”