Cape Town - In-form Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka has credited Willard Katsande for his guidance.
“Mido”, as he is affectionately known, has been in excellent form since being deployed in the number eight role by Steve Komphela.
“I enjoy playing at the number eight position,” Maluleka admits as quoted by club’s website.
“However, my good form also has a lot to do with the guidance I get from Katsande. He has been tremendous. He talks so much to me during the 90 minutes.
“To be honest, he shouts at me!”
Amakhosi will host Highlands Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, February 18 (kick-off is at 18:00).
The Sowetan giants beat The Lions of the North 1-0 on the road back in September, thanks to George Lebese’s match winning goal. Maluleka was selected as the man-of-the-match for his excellent performance that day.
The midfielder won the man-of-the-match awards for Amakhosi’s last two league matches against Free State Stars (3-1 win) and Maritzburg United (2-1 win).
“I was lucky to be selected for these games, as a couple of the guys performed very well too in our last two wins, including Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker and Willard,” said Maluleka.
Chiefs kicked off the second-half of their 2016/17 campaign with two wins adding to the two victories just before the festive season and the Africa Cup of Nations break.
The Glamour Boys are now unbeaten for five games in a row.
“Not much has changed,” Maluleka looks back on the time that Amakhosi drew too many games earlier in the season.
“It’s just that our mindset has taken a different direction. The mindset is now more positive. We also have a clearer understanding of what we want to achieve.”
The 28-year-old also adds that the squad worked on a few things during the break, especially on becoming more diverse in the way they play.
Maluleka has started in 14 (out of 17) league games this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists.