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Kaizer Chiefs: Katsande Wants Title, Komphela not Impressed

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande believes his side has what it takes to go all the way and claim league honours, wh...

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande believes his side has what it takes to go all the way and claim league honours, while his coach Steve Komphela is not entirely imporessed by Amakhosi recent outing.

Katsande was awarded the Man of the Match award as Amakhosi came from behind to register a 2-1 win over Baroka recently.

After the win, Chiefs have now moved up to third spot, and Katsande believes they showed championship mentality to get the win.

"We knew that it was going to be a tough game. One of my [former] coaches once told me that it takes a second to concede a goal. Once we scored we knew that they were going to be over confident.

"Us as professionals playing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs, we knew that if we took the game to them we were going to get something," Katsande told SuperSport TV.

"We were also trying to turn the tables because they said we have never won against Baroka. I think this might be the turning point also after coming back from a goal down in two consecutive matches it means this is a championship mentality and performance. I think credit must go to everyone in defence, they were amazing. We just need to build on this performance going forward.
Hard to Please: Steve Komphela 

"The kids that we have now are exciting, they have purpose. Us as senior players we're trying to guide them and make them taste how it feels to win something with a big team like Kaizer Chiefs."

Meanwhile, Steve Komphela was not completely pleased with Kaizer Chiefs' win over Baroka. He felt his side's overall performance against Baroka FC could have been better.

The Amakhosi came from behind to claim all three points despite playing with a man down for about 20 odd minutes. Debutant Leonardo Castro came off the bench to net the winning goal in the second half as Chiefs won 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

"We had to [dig deep] even with the red card we had to keep the calm heads. You can't lose it. We just needed to have a slight tweak without being obvious to what we are doing. I'm happy for Leo, great goal he scored. I'm happy for [Ryan] Moon, great goal he scored as well, but I thought the overall performance could have been better," Komphela told SuperSport TV.

"I think we're giving away possession easily. Too much turnovers and when you're playing a team like Baroka who are waiting for you to make that technical error and they pounce, we played into their hands. We shouldn't do that. Good victory, good points we're happy we need points at this stage of the season although there's still a number of things that I felt we could have done better."

The erudite coach explained his philosophy behind making substitutions and concluded by saying he's happy his senior players are taking responsibility.

"Life is challenging that you still remain rational while the emotions are constantly hitting you. You need to think it [substitutions] through, not let the heart take charge. I thought the subs were timeous and they did make the difference. 

"Leo's difference is clear, [Dumisani] Zuma's difference is clear. I think [Siphelele] Ntshangase will get to the level where both going forward and coming back to defend he will be part of us." - KickOff

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