Katsande wins SA PSL award

JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande is the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for January.

"I would like to thank my teammates," Katsande said on receiving his prize at the Premier Soccer League's offices in Johannesburg yesterday.

"The international break helped us to regroup and do some team building. I think we are ready for the game on Tuesday," he added, referring to Amakhosi's clash with Mpumalanga Black Aces next week.

"All we need to do now is to take it one game at a time and make sure that we start enjoying our football.

"The guys have been responding very well. We need to wait for Tuesday and see how it goes."

The Zimbabwean also pledged support for Chiefs under-fire coach Steve Komphela and believes the club is still in the hunt for a place in the African Champions League next season.

"We need to support the coach and help him win trophies at Kaizer Chiefs. We have to try and win every game that we play and try to secure a position for the Champions League,” he said.

“It is always nice to participate in African competition, so all we need to do is try and win every game that we are going to play so that we can secure a Champions League spot.”

With Komphela having become a soft target by those in the stands in the midst of the team’s recent run of bad results, Katsande has encouraged the Amakhosi faithful to stand with the former Bafana Bafana captain, rather than turn against him.

The Zimbabwean strongman feels hearing club boss Kaizer Motaung coming out in full support of Komphela is encouraging to everyone involved with the club.

“Regarding the fans, we understand their frustrations because they are paying their hard-earned money to come to the stadium,” Katsande said.

“It pains us when they are pointing the blame at the coach and for us as players we need to take responsibility as well for the results.

“These things are happening even with overseas teams - even with coach Jose Mourinho, everyone was on his case about Chelsea’s poor performance.

“All we need to do, and this is my appeal to all Kaizer Chiefs fans: let us try and stick to the coach and give the love and respect that he deserves. I think he is capable of turning everything around.” - KickOff

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