'One result doesn't make a bad player'
Posted: 14 April 2018 Time: 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has admitted their recent defeat could still haunt them psychologically, but also emphasised the need to show their bounce-back ability.
Amakhosi will be aiming at resurgence when they host Platinum Stars at the FNB Stadium on Sunday, following their mortifying 3-0 hammering at the hands of Chippa United last time out.
Despite suffering their worst Absa Premiership defeat in nearly nine years – previously against Santos in May 2009 – Katsande says they have had a “good vibe” at training this week, but admits that it could take some doing to recover from their mental scars.
“I think we do have a good vibe but, at the same time, we can’t ignore the past result. I think it was a horrible, horrible result, whereby obviously it will play a part mentally,” conceded Katsande.
The 32-year-old anchor-man feels it is up to the senior contingent in the squad to now guide the youngsters through their resurgence, while stressing that one bad game doesn’t make them bad players.
“But at the same time, it’s up to us senior players to unite the young boys and try to make them believe in themselves. You can’t be a bad player over one result,” he added.
“You’ve seen it in Europe – some other big teams are also losing 3-0, 4-0 – so it’s part of football, and it’s down to how you regroup and bounce back.
“It’s a matter of giving your best at training so that when it comes to the match, whatever you’ve been working on at training will just come [to pass] during matches.”