Some [players] need a bit of time to get back into [the squad] – Ernst Middendorp on Willard Katsande

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp explains why Willard Katsande has been missing in the Amakhosi starting lineup.

“The routine on our side is that we go through the normal process of selecting players, starting the week with those who should be in the 20 and then 18-man squad,” said Middendorp.

“And we have a certain idea, and in the moment some players are in. It’s not only about one player, but some players are in while some need a bit of time to get back into it.

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“We saw it with Leonardo [Castro] – I thought he was fantastic [against Highlands Park on Saturday], after some moments of not being 100 percent clearly structured in our cup game [against The Magic FC] and falling a little bit apart, but now he’s back into it.

“At the moment it’s not really [about individuals] – certain players are in and certain players are out. The brand and reputation of Kaizer Chiefs is bigger than one player, and everyone has to learn that.


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“Everyone has to contribute in the right way that we expect and that’s it – simple and plain. Probably he [Katsande] is on the field next week, why not?”

We’ve seen this movie before. A new coach comes in, with a new style of play, and new tactics. Players who use to be first on the teamsheet are now first ones named on the bench (sometimes not even in the 18-man squad at all). This seems to be what’s happening to Willard Katsande. I, for one, have never appreciated Katsande as a player, he is an average defensive midfielder at best. The chances of Willard Katsande making it back to the Kaizer Chiefs squad under Ernst Middendorp are about 0.0%. I’d be handing in my transfer request sooner rather than later if I was him.

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