Local News 27.7.2016 04:16 pm

Seniors have a big role at Chiefs – Katsande

Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Willard Katsande believes the senior players at Kaizer Chiefs will have to carry the team while showing the youngsters the ropes.

The 30-year-old Zimbabwean said before the team went on camp, the senior players held a meeting of their own where they spoke about their responsibilities.

“We had a meeting and told each other that as seniors we need to show leadership. As senior players we have a huge role to play to try and bring the youngsters up, we will have to work hard to lead the team,” he said on Wednesday.

Katsande has been a standout performer for Amakhosi since he joined from Ajax Cape Town more than five years ago. He revealed that his secret to consistent performances is simple – hard work at all times.

“Our preparations have been good. The focus has been more on fitness, and I believe by the time the season kicks off, we will be ready.

“My main focus as an individual is to be consistent and help the team win. But I am a team player. I always aim to help the team win some silverware,” he said.

Katsande walked away with the Players’ Player of the Season award – Player of the Season voted for by fans – and Online Player of the Season at Chiefs’ end of season awards in May.

Amakhosi will get a chance to test their fitness levels in a Soweto derby on Saturday in a Carling Black Label Champion Cup against Orlando Pirates.

Katsande said although the game was a friendly, they would go all-out to win because that is what Amakhosi fans expect in a Soweto derby match.

“When it comes to derbies there is no friendlies, fans always expect a good game and their team to win,” said Katsande

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Celtic 1-2 Arrows
United 0-0 FS Stars
Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka
Polokwane 3-2 Highlands
Maritzburg Utd 0-1 SuperSport
Highlands 0-1 Chiefs

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Pirates vs Plat Stars
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# Team GP Pts
1 Arrows 4 9
2 Orlando Pirates 3 7
3 Bidvest Wits 3 7
4 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
5 Cape Town City 4 7
6 SuperSport United 4 5
7 Polokwane City 4 5
8 Chippa United 2 4
9 Platinum Stars 3 4
10 Baroka FC 4 4
11 Maritzburg Utd 4 4
12 Highlands Park 3 3
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1