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Kaizer Chiefs coach downplays Willard Katsande's influence


29/01/2018 00:00:00
by KickOff.com
A hardman no longer ... Willard Katsande
SOUTH Africa: Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela hopes Willard Katsande's reputation as a rough player no longer defines the Zimbabwean.

Katsande's abrasive antics in the engine room earned him numerous cards earlier in his Amakhosi career and criticism for his dangerous style of play.

However, the 32-year-old, who joined Chiefs from Ajax Cape Town in August 2011, has tempered his approach in recent seasons under the watch of first Stuart Baxter and later Komphela.

Asked if he has addressed this issue with Katsande in his two-and-a-half years at Naturena, Komphela downplayed his influence.

"Not addressed per say, maybe we have all come to accept that sometimes the focus is on you, and the minute you are labelled that you are this kind of a person, even if you don't carry that with you, people see you as such.

"So it is good that you are saying that and I hope people will see him differently. And again, it's not Katsande who got Mahlasela injured," he joked, referring to the injury sustained in training to new signing Kabelo Mahlasela.

Meanwhile, Komphela felt his team's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Baroka will serve them well in Saturday's showdown with Premiership leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium (20h15). Five points separate the sides with 12 matches left in the campaign.

"It is good that you are winning and it is good that you are coming at the back of maybe 0-1, and then it's 1-1, 2-1. It reveals and builds your character.

"So we are happy that it gives us some conviction even if a goal a down, you can still come and equalise, you can still win it. So it talks to your character, courage and confidence," concluded Komphela.

This article is taken from KickOff.com.


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