Absa Premiership

Katsande targeting Derby joy

2015-03-06 14:19
Willard Katsande (Supplied)
Willard Katsande (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande believes success in Saturday's Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates will be down to "who wants it more".

Read: Mkhalele sits on Derby fence

Amakhosi will welcome their bitter rivals to the FNB Stadium holding a 10-point lead at the top of the Premiership standings following Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town.

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw away to Free State Stars on the same day to leave themselves fourth, 14 points adrift of the leaders.

However, Katsande believes the form book goes out the window on derby day, replaced instead by pure persistence and determination.

"It was important for us to win (against Ajax) since we haven't won a game this year, but it's not about who's on form, who won last night," said the Zimbabwe international ahead of this weekend's Soccer City encounter.

"The derby is going to be a tough game because everybody wants the bragging rights, but obviously that will depend on who wants it more. You know there's pride before everything so I think it will be an interesting game.

"If you watch our games you will see that we create a lot of chances, we just need to be more creative in front of goal. I think everything is alright, just that luck has not been on our side of late."

The 29-year-old midfielder further added that the team's current dip in performances have nothing to do with Kingston Nkhatha's departure to SuperSport United, and has urged everyone involved with Chiefs to move on from that.

"No, it's not like we were not performing well because Nkhatha left the club; even when Kingston was still with us we were scoring goals and winning games so that's what we planning to continue doing," added Katsande.

"I think anybody who's got a chance to play in his position right now he's doing it alright. We just need to go forward with life and put more focus on ourselves.

"We always listen to our coach's instructions. He always tells us that we must not think about other teams, we just have to perform very well and enjoy the game of football."

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