Katsande ready for Zesco
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