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Hardman Bully: Mosimane Attacks Katsande, Komphela Defends

Johannesburg — After a stalemate between Mamelodi sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs recently, Pitso Mosimane revealed that his team had a strategy...

Johannesburg — After a stalemate between Mamelodi sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs recently, Pitso Mosimane revealed that his team had a strategy to kick back at hardman Willard Katsande because he bullies everyone on the pitch.   

Mosimane insisted that despite only having had two shots on target against Amakhosi, his team is better going forward than Komphela’s men, adding that, they planned to retaliate to Katsande's style of play.

"We knew (Willard) Katsande would come and kick, but we said we must kick him back because he bullies everybody. I instructed (Tiyani) Mabunda: ‘If he kicks you, kick him back. If he gets away with it, you will get away with it,” he told SuperSport TV.

Mosimane, however, admit that Katsande was a “very good player”, even if his playing style had left him emotional.
Willard Katsande in Action 

Katsande's abrasive antics in the engine room earned him numerous cards earlier in his Amakhosi career and criticism for his dangerous style of play.

However, the 32-year-old, who joined Chiefs from Ajax Cape Town in August 2011, has tempered his approach in recent seasons under the watch of first Stuart Baxter and later Komphela.

Asked if he has addressed this issue with Katsande in his two-and-a-half years at Naturena, Komphela downplayed his influence.

"Not addressed per say, maybe we have all come to accept that sometimes the focus is on you, and the minute you are labelled that you are this kind of a person, even if you don't carry that with you, people see you as such.’’

Komphela added, "So it is good that you are saying that and I hope people will see him differently. And again, it's not Katsande who got Mahlasela injured," he joked, referring to the injury sustained in training to new signing Kabelo Mahlasela.’’

However, Mosimane remains optimistic with the outcome.

“I’m happy because I scored three last week, I scored four against Celtic, I scored five against Baroka, I scored three against Pirates — hence the goal difference, hence nobody can talk to us about goals,’’ he said.

“Tonight maybe we had two shots on target, but we were playing a big team here that is very good at the back. That’s why they have 17 (league) goals — because they don’t go forward a lot.” — KickOff/Online Sources

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