JOHANNESBURG-Kaizer Chiefs enforcer Willard Katsande has likened their upcoming Telkom Knockout quarterfinal clash with SuperSport United to that of a battle between a man and a lion.
The lion, however, in this case is Matsatsantsa, who earlier eliminated Amakhosi from the MTN8 semi-finals and have not lost to the Naturena-based outfit in their last eight meetings.
To find the last time Chiefs overcame the Tshwane side, one would have to go back all the way to 20 February 2016, when George Maluleka and William Twala inspired the team to a 2-1 Absa Premiership victory at the Cape Town Stadium.
Further stacking the odds against Giovanni Solinas’s charges is that they have not won a match in their previous four encounters dating back to September, and recently succumbed to rivals Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby.
The Glamour Boys need no reminders of the importance of this Sunday’s tie though, as they continue to try and rid themselves of the unwanted record of their longest run without silverware. It has been 41 months and 23 days since they lifted the Absa Premiership trophy.
Katsande, who is currently in his eighth season at the club, feels there is no need to fear going into battle with SuperSport this weekend and says they should charge with open eyes to give their supporters “something to smile about”.
“Obviously, it’s a huge game but, at the same time, if you are in a jungle and you meet up with a lion, you don’t need to close your eyes, you just need to open your eyes and attack,” said Katsande.
“Because if you give your back it will hurt you more, but if the lion sees that you’re also [charging with] open eyes, maybe what will happen is that you’ll clash, and we don’t know who’s going to win.
“So, we all know history says that we’ve never beaten [SuperSport] in eight matches but this is a new game with different ingredients, so we’re looking forward to the challenge and giving our fans something to smile about.” Kickoff