Kaizer Chiefs take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the second edition of the annual Shell Helix Ultra Cup this weekend and one star has outlined the significance thereof.
Chiefs and Sundowns will clash at the Calabash on Saturday afternoon (15h00) as they look to claim their first title since the inception of the friendly competition in 2018.
With the FIFA break seeing many clubs recuperate and fine-tune their games after the opening two months of competitive action, these two sides will renew rivalries and it’s been warned that ‘friendly’ is merely a formal term used in the description, though it is by no means a game they will take lightly.
“This cup is the perfect way for us to keep in match shape, we have been doing well recently and we don’t want to lose our momentum,” Willard Katsande highlighted on Chiefs’ website.
“It is good to have this fixture against Sundowns. We are going to approach it in a competitive way and give the fans something to shout about.
“This is a chance for some of the other guys to feature. The season is very long, and we will need everyone at some point, so it is good that the guys will get to play in a game like this against a strong team.”
Amakhosi currently sit at the summit of the Absa Premiership table following an impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign, thus Katsande emphasises the importance of having all players at the same competitive level so as to continue their form regardless of injuries.
“Like I said we need a team, not a squad. it is good for some of the guys to get game time in their legs and when duty calls you do your best and try to take the team to the next level,” he added.
“In front of a big crowd, it is the best way to test yourself. Over time you will get injuries and we will need to draw on the entire squad that is why games like this are important.
“this is a big fixture between us and Sundowns and I know they will bring their strongest team. This will make the game very tough, challenging and competitive.”