Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has lauded Lucky Baloyi's positive attitude and commitment despite having not been a regular starter this term.
Baloyi has been struggling for game-time since the beginning of the season and with George Maluleka suspension for their league clash against Highlands Park, the 25-year-old made his only fourth start of the campaign in Chiefs' 1-0 victory at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and delivered a high performance.
"Lucky performed well against Highlands Park on Saturday, it shows that he has been waiting for his chance and he grabbed it," Katsande told Vodacom Soccer.
"Look, due to stiff competition for a starting berth in the team's midfield, he has been struggling for game-time. But his high work-rate, commitment and positive attitude is what keeps him going in the team's squad.
"Instead of being demoralised and developing a negative attitude, Lucky keeps on pushing and putting more hard work in every training session. I like his attitude and patience."
Baloyi's patience has duly paid off, as he has recently seen his contract extended with further two years at Naturena.
The attacking midfielder is amongst four Amakhosi players whose contract extensions were officially confirmed on Monday, the others being Tsepo Masilela, Kgotso Moleko and Siphiwe Tshabalala.
The on-song Glamour Boys will be looking to keep the momentum going against Ajax Cape Town in the Premiership at Athlone Stadium on Saturday night.
Katsande added: "Ajax's game won't be a walk over at all. Look, they have gone three games with a win, having lost two games in a row before their Saturday's draw against Polokwane City.
"So, there is no doubt that they will come with guns blazing on Saturday's game."