Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Willard Katsande has reflected on their poor finish to the Absa Premiership as well as his first experience of finishing outside of the top eight.
After losing away to Chippa United at the weekend, Chiefs quickly learnt that they had finished ninth on the Absa Premiership table and would already have to write off one trophy from their list before the new season even starts.
The result all but summed up the poor season they had, starting late last year and continuing from Giovanni Solinas to Ernst Middendorp, but it was still a bitter pill to swallow for the Zimbabwean international.
“Obviously, it wasn’t a good feeling. And I hate that feeling because, whenever we lose it’s always like that – you know when you’re at Kaizer Chiefs, losing is not a nice feeling,” said Katsande.
“We always know that we’re going to bump into our fans at the airport, at the garage, at home or wherever – even on social media, they will express how disappointed they are with us.
“We take that blame as players; we take that blame as a team; we take that blame as senior players, that we failed. But God gave us an opportunity to redeem ourselves and finish our season on a high.”
Since arriving in South Africa through a move to Ajax Cape Town in 2010, the 33-year-old has never finished in the bottom half of the table and conceded the embarrassment he now feels after doing so this season.
“It’s my first time, so it’s very bad. That’s why I’m saying it’s very embarrassing to go out of the top eight, because I know what it’s like playing in the MTN8,” he added.
“It’s only four games, you win the final and you win a trophy. Now we don’t have that coming next season, so we need to win the Nedbank Cup, which will take us back to Africa.
“We have unfinished business [in the CAF Confederation Cup]and, if we win the Nedbank, we open doors for many trophies and we’ll start next season on the front foot, with confidence.
“We need a trophy to bring back our confidence, so Saturday is an opportunity for us to redeem ourselves.”