Katsande: I won't change

2014-08-06 21:10
Willard Katsande (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Ahead of the PSL season, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande says nothing will stop him from playing his preferred style of soccer despite being always targeted by the match officials in each and every game he plays.

The hard tackling player missed out on the opportunity to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) footballer of the season award last season due to a number of bookings and suspensions accumulated.

The Zimbabwean international told Sport24 in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that he always make rough tackles with an intention to win the ball from his opponents instead of fouling them.

'Salt and Vinegar' also hinted that he does not feel pressured to make tackles although he is aware that he will get a booking afterwards.

"I am not pressured to make tackles," said Katsande.

"There is nothing we can do about that.

"Referees are there to do their job and I am also there to do mine.

"I know am always targeted for bookings but that’s how I play.

"My intentions are always to win the ball not to play or foul an opponent.

"Yes, it happens that sometimes I might arrive late and make a foul but its football things like those happen.

"But everyone must understand that it’s how I play and I can’t change that.

"I can’t change who I am."

Coming from a 4-0 MTN8 triumph over Black Aces on Sunday, the industrious midfielder believes the Amakhosi are on the right track heading to their opening league encounter against Free State Stars this weekend.

"Preparations for the game are going according to plan so far.

"We are really looking forward to the game against Free State Stars his weekend.

"Hopefully we will get the positive results.

"I know it’s not going to be easy but we will do our best to win.

"We are all ready and feeling much fitter now.

"Our fitness instructor is very happy with our progress at training and I believe we are on the right direction," concluded Katsande.

Chiefs will open their campaign against Ea Lla Koto at the Charles Mopeli stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00.


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