Kat­sande ready for Zesco

Sunday World - - Sport - By Marc Stry­dom

Wil­lard Kat­sande is back from in­jury and will start for Kaizer Chiefs in the first leg of their CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup sec­ond round tie against Zesco United in Ndola‚ Zam­bia, to­day.

Amakhosi’s de­pend­able de­fen­sive mid­fielder had gone off in­jured with a shoul­der in­jury af­ter scor­ing in Amakhosi’s

2-1 league de­feat to Mamelodi Sun­downs at FNB Sta­dium last Sat­ur­day. He played that game as a cen­tre-back.

“Kat­sande is def­i­nitely avail­able for Sun­day [to­day]‚” Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp said. He said af­ter bruis­ing games against Sun­downs and Wits to­day Middendorp‚ he will in­tro­duce fresh faces against Zesco‚ who Chiefs need to beat over the two legs to qual­ify for the group stage.

The Chiefs’ coach said Amakhosi need a calm ap­proach in the first leg at Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium.

“Not to rush‚ not to panic. It will be a hec­tic game too‚ go­ing to Zam­bia – there is no doubt about it‚” he said.

“We will start this game with two or three fresh play­ers. Kat­sande‚ for ex­am­ple‚ def­i­nitely will be in. Dax can be an op­tion. Siphelele Nt­shangase is wait­ing – he had a good game against Werder Bre­men on Sun­day.”

Apart from Nt­shangase and Dax‚ wingers Ka­belo Mahlasela and Du­misani Zuma also im­pressed in Sun­day’s closed-doors friendly against win­ter tour­ing Bun­desliga side Werder Bre­men at FNB Sta­dium‚ and might be con­sid­ered for a role against Zesco.

Chiefs reached the sec­ond round with wins against Zanz­ibar’s Zi­mamoto (5-2 on ag­gre­gate) and El­geco Plus of Mada­gas­car (6-0).

Zesco came into the Con­fed as losers in the 2018-19 CAF Cham­pi­ons League first round against DRC giants TP Mazembe (2-1).

The Zam­bian club were los­ing 2016 Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal­ists against even­tual win­ners Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Wil­lard is back from in­jury

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