Middendorp has brought some stability and direction to a team that looked out of sorts for some time under former coach Giovanni Solinas.
Though they faltered in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign over the past week, losing over two legs to Zambian side ZESCO United, there seems to be a new vigour amongst the team.
Amakhosi have lost just one league encounter since his arrival and have thus shortened the gap between themselves and log leaders Bidvest Wits from 12 points to just seven in recent weeks.
Katsande has since noted the change the German has brought within the dressing room and revealed the open-door policy for players and coaches to share opinions that has sparked their resurgence.
“They [Middendorp and Bartlett] are giving us a structure and telling us to think about it, after which they always want to hear submissions from us,” said Katsande.
“It’s a lot nicer because it allows the players to also express themselves, because we have so much talent and we can also benefit out of this.
“I think we are on the right track, and I trust the process. We can’t say we are there yet, but we are improving with each game.
“Every day at training we are learning, and it pushes us to put everything into our DNA to understand what it is that the coach wants.
“He’s a guy who opens the door to you, asking, ‘What do you think?’ You then share opinions and he also submits his, and you find a common ground. I think that’s helping us a lot.
“Also, the player management is good because they give us energy when the chips are down, which makes the players always want to give their best and for the mood to be high.
“We’re headed in the right direction and there’s still room for improvement.”