Kaizer Chiefs captain Willard Katsande has assured he is part of the club’s future and welcomes the personal criticism from the supporters.
Katsande has come under fire in recent times, particularly with the club grossly underperforming in the past four seasons.
The criticism has now reached the extent where Chiefs fans have gone as far as calling for the midfielder enforcer to be sacked, along with some of his senior teammates.
With the club expected to release a few more players during the off-season, upon being asked whether there is any certainty around his future, Katsande assured his position at The Village.
“Obviously if I’m here giving you interviews, it means I’m part of the future. Until I’m told that I’m not part of the future,” said the skipper.
“At the moment, I’m a Kaizer Chiefs player and I’m the Kaizer Chiefs captain, so I’m here to speak on behalf of the team.
“Going forward, as a professional, you always plan for the future until tomorrow, when you get any news saying that you can’t continue.”
The 33-year-old also welcomed the criticism levelled against him from the Amakhosi faithful, insisting it is expected given the slump the team has underwent.
“I’m a big guy. I’m a big dog. I take any criticism because I’ve been in this game and in this team for long, and I know how to win,” said Katsande.
“Obviously it’s easy to point fingers because we are senior players, and when things don’t go according to plan, we are there to be blamed.
“So, you take the criticism and turn it to positive, so that you come back with something to prove. I’m not bothered about it, because the fans are obviously upset because we never delivered trophies in the past four seasons – they have a right to be angry at us.
“We respect them, and you won’t even hear me responding badly to them. I will actually tell them, you’re really telling the truth, we didn’t give our best.
“But what I can promise is to affect the future. I can’t affect whatever happened yesterday, only what’s going to happen tomorrow.”