Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs will welcome back central
midfielder destroyer Willard Katsande for Sunday’s CAF Confederations
Cup playoff first leg against Zesco United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Katsande did not feature in the 2-0 Absa Premiership victory over Bidvest
Wits on Wednesday as he was suffering with a minor hamstring concern
which he picked up in the previous 2-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Nonetheless, coach Ernst Middendorp has confirmed the veteran enforcer is available to take on Zesco.
He told reporters: “Katsande is definitely in for Sunday. He’s 100% available for us, but if you come out [with a muscle injury] and
you think everything is fine, [it’s a risk].
“He wanted to play [against Wits] but it is our responsibility, along
with the medical department, to keep him out and wait for Sunday.”The approach is not to rush or to panic. It will be a hectic game
too, no doubt about that, based on the information we have so far going
“But, in the moment, it’s just to keep calm and do the right stuff.
We need to recover in the right way, and we’ll probably start the game
with two or three fresh players.
“Katsande, for example, will definitely be in, and ‘Dax’ [Andriamirado Andrianarimanana] can be an option.
“[Siphelele] Ntshangase is waiting, after he had a good game against
Werder Bremen on Sunday. It’s good, these are the options so let’s see.”
Sunday’s action is set to get underway from 15:00 in Zambia.