Tinashe Nengomasha, though he admits it’s a shock to see his countryman left out of the Kaizer Chiefs squad lately, has offered an explanation why Willard Katsande could be struggling at Naturena.
No stranger to coach Ernst Middendorp’s demands from his players, having worked with him at the same club between 2005 and 2007, former Amakhosi midfielder Nengomasha has suggested Katsande might not be entirely suited to how the German mentor wants his team to play.
“I know Ernst, and believe me when I say it doesn’t take too much to please him,” the ex-Zimbabwean international told the Siya crew.
“By the way, I don’t think this is a case of Chiefs preparing for life without Katsande – maybe he is probably not delivering at the end of the day. You know that coaches come with different ideas and requirements. I see now they are using ball players instead of typical holding midfielders like Willard. My guess is that’s what the coach wants. The team hasn’t been winning trophies and Willard has been there in those three years where there has been nothing.”
Nengomasha, who played in a similar role for Amakhosi during this 10-year spell at the club, believes Katsande, 33, may have to reinvent himself. The midfielder has been left out of three of Chiefs’ most recent matches.
“It has come as a surprise that he’s not playing because with winning possession, he is probably the best in the country. But these days coaches look at assists, pass completion and goals from midfielders,” said Nengomasha.