Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs captain Willard Katsande says that coach Ernst
Middendorp and his assistant Shaun Bartlett encourage players to give
their opinions before a common ground is agreed upon.
Katsande remains a key part of the Glamour Boys set-up under Middendorp despite recently turning 33.
Chiefs appear to have gained some stability in the Premiership since
the German's arrival although they were not quite at their best in
getting knocked out of the CAF Confederations Cup by Zesco United.
Nonetheless, since his arrival in early December to take over from
Giovanni Solinas, Amakhosi have cut the gap on PSL leaders Bidvest Wits
from 12 to seven points.
The Soweto giants occupy fifth place in the table on 27 points from 18 matches played.
The Zimbabwe international told reporters: "They [Middendorp and
Bartlett] are giving us a structure and telling us to think about it,
after which they always want to hear submissions from us.
"It's a lot nicer because it allows the players to also express
themselves, because we have so much talent and we can also benefit out
"I think we are on the right track, and I trust the process. We can't say we are there yet, but we are improving with each game.
"Every day at training we are learning, and it pushes us to put
everything into our DNA to understand what it is that the coach wants.
"He's a guy who opens the door to you, asking, 'What do you think?'
You then share opinions and he also submits his, and you find a common
ground. I think that's helping us a lot.
"Also, the player management is good because they give us energy when
the chips are down, which makes the players always want to give their
best and for the mood to be high.
"We're headed in the right direction and there's still room for improvement."
Chiefs are next in action in a Nedbank Cup Round of 32 tie against
minnows Tornado FC on Sunday at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane.
Kick-off is 15:00.