Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Willard Katsande has opened up on his “dislike” for Orlando Pirates whom he believes can challenge Mamelodi Sundowns for titles.
Katsande spoke to iDiski Times writer Lethabo Kganyago in edition 128 of the newspaper, where he revealed that as Amakhosi it pains him to see their Soweto rivals do well but also admitted some good are happening at the Buccaneers after they won three trophies recently.
The 37-year-old also believes that it’s good the domestic game and the national team that Pirates are doing well for, because it breaks the dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns.
“Pirates, who I don’t like, are doing well. I don’t like them with my whole heart, but they are doing well,” Katsande told iDiski Times.
“Me, I’m Chiefs, so anything that they do and do well puts pain in my heart. If you look at it from an analytical point of view you can see that they’ve been consistent.
“They won two trophies last season and now they already have one trophy. They are a good solid team whereby they can challenge for the league this season.
“I’ve seen how they’ve applied themselves, and they’re welcoming those players who’ve not been playing for a long time. So it’s good additions to the team. It’s a good competition for the players and good for their fans.
“It’s good for football that Pirates are up there to challenge Sundowns, who have been doing well in the past seasons but now they are going to have to run for their money.
“It’s good for South Africa that they are going to the AFCON and they don’t need only one team to be dominant. You need other teams to also challenge for those things.”
You can read Katsande’s full interview with Kganyago in the current edition of the newspaper available on iDiski Times website.