Johannesburg — Willard Katsande has warned that Kaizer Chiefs remain very much alive in the championship race.
As the campaign heads into the halfway mark this weekend, Amakhosi are seven points behind leaders Bidvest Wits and will have little choice but to aim for all three points when they host Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium this afternoon.
“Don’t rule us out,” warns Katsande in response to being asked about if he reckons Chiefs are still favourites for the title under Steve Komphela.
“We are working so hard to try and climb up the ladder. We are taking it one step at a time without wanting to rush towards the destination. We are taking this journey one step at a time.
“If you can see there have been a lot of changes in the team and changes were bound to happen. I think the new coach came in and he is doing very well.
“If you can see, two cup finals in one season, I think he just needs the support of everybody from the players, the supporters and everyone else. I think he is on the right track to produce the right results.”
Katsande adds: “If you can see, we played better last year, but couldn’t win those cups, but the consistency is there which is why we are getting to the finals. It is just that we had those two setbacks that we are working on.
“We are working on being consistent because we want to defend our league title. We are creating a lot of chances, but it is just that we need to work on our final touch, which is trying to put the ball at the back of the nets.”
The Zimbabwean added that he is not even concerned about what their title rivals are doing, especially Mamelodi Sundowns, who have built up an impressive 14-game unbeaten run.
“What I always tell myself is that I need to focus on my house, I need to put my house in order instead of focusing on others because that is when you are bound to lose control.
“But if you focus on your inhouse problems and try to rectify everything, that is better.”