that Amakhosi are determined to wrestle the league title away from rivals Sundowns this coming season
The 2014-15 Absa Premiership champions finished the previous campaign 25 points behind reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
As a result, the Glamour Boys have been hard at work in the off-season with a Carling Black Label clash against fierce rivals – Orlando Pirates – to take centre stage this weekend.
Katsande has dismissed any suggestions that this weekend’s Soweto Derby is just a pre-season friendly.
“As players, we are very serious about this game. The Derby is sold out and it is an important game. There is no way that we will give 50 percent, we will give 100 percent and try and make our fans happy – make those who voted for us happy,” Katsande told reporters.
The 30-year-old expects nothing but a tough game against their neighbours, reserving special praise for former Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertuğral, who recently took over the reins at the Buccaneers.
“Obviously, we expect Pirates to fly. They brought a quality coach on board and we are expecting a tough game,” Katsande continued. “We have also brought new players to the club and we will see how far we are along in pre-season this weekend.
Furthermore, Katsande highlighted Chiefs’ desire to correct the mistakes of last season. The Amakhosi failed to win a single trophy last season despite playing in two cup finals.
“It is not a good thing for a team like Chiefs to finish the season without a trophy. We all know the history of the club,” the Zimbabwe international added.
“We will approach this season with a different mindset. We need to achieve something for ourselves, the team and the supporters.
“Every season our aim is to win the big prize; which is the league. We also want to win cups, but the main priority is to win the league,” Katsande concluded.
Willard Katsande believes the senior players at Kaizer Chiefs will have to carry the team while showing the youngsters the ropes.
The 30-year-old Zimbabwean said before the team went on camp, the senior players held a meeting of their own where they spoke about their responsibilities.
“We had a meeting and told each other that as seniors we need to show leadership. As senior players we have a huge role to play to try and bring the youngsters up, we will have to work hard to lead the team,” he said on Wednesday.
Katsande has been a standout performer for Amakhosi since he joined from Ajax Cape Town more than five years ago. He revealed that his secret to consistent performances is simple – hard work at all times.
“Our preparations have been good. The focus has been more on fitness, and I believe by the time the season kicks off, we will be ready.
“My main focus as an individual is to be consistent and help the team win. But I am a team player. I always aim to help the team win some silverware,” he said.
Katsande walked away with the Players’ Player of the Season award – Player of the Season voted for by fans – and Online Player of the Season at Chiefs’ end of season awards in May.
Amakhosi will get a chance to test their fitness levels in a Soweto derby on Saturday in a Carling Black Label Champion Cup against Orlando Pirates.
Katsande said although the game was a friendly, they would go all-out to win because that is what Amakhosi fans expect in a Soweto derby match.
“When it comes to derbies there is no friendlies, fans always expect a good game and their team to win,” said Katsande