Katsande – This Season Was Very Bad
Willard Katsande has opened on the “very bad season” Kaizer Chiefs are experiencing and admitted the players must shoulder the blame.
Chiefs are currently eleventh, and with just two games remaining, look almost certain to miss out on a top eight finish, as they are five points behind TS Galaxy, who occupy eighth spot.
Chiefs are in action against high-flying Golden Arrows on Wednesday, in the penultimate round of the DStv Premiership.
Katsande says that it is time to pull in the same direction, and end the season on a high, and take that momentum into next month’s CAF Champions League semi-finals.
“Obviously, to be honest, this is my first time being in this position at this time of the season, and it’s not a good position to be as a Kaizer Chiefs player, representing the brand,” Katsande told the club’s media department.
“And you know what is required to be at Kaizer Chiefs. Overall this season was very bad, to be honest. And we should have done better, because we should have built the momentum from last season, that we had a good run in the league, and we got a spot to play in Champions League. So we should have continued doing that.
“But unfortunately, things didn’t go well. And we are there to be blamed, everybody associated with the team. And we should have done better as a group.
“But all we can do is try to pick up the positives out of this season, which was very, very hard for us. The positives out of this season is, like we’re in the semi final for Champions League, the big league in Africa, and we need to go there and leave everything in the field and end our our so called bad season in a good style, which is trying to get to the final, try to win it for our fans, for our chairman for ourselves, to redeem ourselves, to bring the dignity back in ourselves as players moving on to the next season.”
Katsande also insists that he himself should have done better but promised the fans the team will finish on a high.
“Ja, me as Willard, I should have been done better. But at the same time, we need a team to actually pull in the same direction of which we didn’t pull the same direction because of hiccups here and there,” he added.
“But at the same time you know you’re professional, sometimes it’s a setback in order for you to leapfrog a little bit higher, so my word going forward to all the Amakhosi faithful.
“We promise you that the team is going to be back where it belongs. We promise you to finish this season on a high. We promise you to continue doing well in Africa, which is very very important.”
“For now we need everyone to look at this team in a positive way. When you go to Africa in a good way whereby we need each and every one of you to support the team. let’s not criticize the team more, let’s support it more until the end.
“I’m sure the guys are really, really hungry to deliver and we know that where we’re coming from, we’re coming from a bad season. So the only way to do is to to do well in Africa to give us a little bit of a smile in our supporters, so we really rely on everyone to come back on board and be on the same page when it comes to finish up this season.”