One man is not to blame for Kaizer Chiefs’ continued woeful showing, the team’s strongman, Willard Katsande, said before tonight’s clash against Highlands Park at the Makhulong Stadium (7.30pm).
The talk of the town is Amakhosi’s one win in their last 15 competitive matches since February.
And the Chiefs supporters showed just how they felt about the poor run when they called for head coach Steve Komphela to leave after the 1-1 draw against Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium last Wednesday.
Komphela went on to acknowledge the fans’ reaction, but added that he remained focused on the job at hand.
“If you want to shoot down the comments, it will come across as disrespect or lack of acknowledgement of their concerns, so one needs to be very careful . . . and I’m still focused on the responsibility given,” Komphela said.
Be that as it may, Katsande said the whole team should shoulder the blame for the poor results and that the match against Highlands Park tonight was an opportunity to ease the pressure by registering their first victory of the season.
“Obviously, we need to turn [things] around to get back to the winning ways.
“Kaizer Chiefs are a big team and need to win games and trophies,” he said.
“When you are a professional, you need to adjust to any situation, so we are working towards trying to pull out of this situation.
“Like I said, we are the ones who are going to take ourselves out of this situation,” the 30-year-old said.
Chiefs’ downfall this season has been the fact that they have conceded in the first half in all their three matches against Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City and Platinum Stars, so they have been forced to chase the game.
The man who could add to Chiefs’ woes is none other than their former striker, Collins Mbesuma.
The Zambian is already off the mark after scoring the winner in their first match of the season against Baroka in Tembisa just more than a week ago.
Mbesuma reckons that his partnership with Charlton Mashumba, who also scored against Baroka, will continue to cause problems for the opposition.
“We’ve been training together for six weeks, so we understand each other and we hope this is the beginning of good things,” Mbesuma added .
Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala could make his return after recovering from a knee injury.