Katsande: We need to prove ourselves

CAF Confederation Cup

Chiefs are set to clash with ZESCO in their second-leg group stage play-off at the FNB Stadium this evening – kick-off is set for 20h00.

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With the aggregate score currently at 3-1, Amakhosi have it all to do to try and progress to the round-robin phase of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.

The one away goal scored in Zambia means Chiefs will now need to register at least a two-goal victory margin as well as a clean sheet but failing the latter they will require a three-goal advantage.

Fully aware of the permutations, Katsande has stressed the team’s ambition to compete for the continental crown and backs his teammates to achieve the necessary outcome.

“The away goal was very important, though we didn’t want to lose – we wanted to score to win but as you know we lost 3-1, and we took only the one goal,” said Katsande.

“We know we are capable of scoring in this match. We need to do well in this competition and we even spoke about it before the start of the season, so everybody’s very much aware that we need to turn the tables. 

“It looks difficult but, when we are playing, we need to prove to ourselves that we can change the situation. We need to try and keep a clean sheet so that we can proceed to the next round, because we are capable of scoring two goals in the game.

“We’re confident those two goals will come, so we need to be patient and stick to our game-plan.”

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The 33-year-old midfield strongman has also defended that it is not only up to reserve goalkeeper Virgil Vries to ensure a shut-out but the entire team needs to play their part.

“Everyone also needs to know that it’s not Virgil Vries who needs to be keeping clean sheets, we need everybody – 11 players who are going to play,” he added.

“We all have a role to play without the ball so that we minimise the mistakes.”

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