Ernst Middendorp raised a few eyebrows when he left Willard Katsande out of Kaizer Chiefs’ Soweto Derby XI, but he has explained the reason why he started him on the bench.
Katsande, who has been Chiefs’ stand-in captain in the absence of Itumeleng Khune, has plenty of experience against Orlando Pirates over the years, but was left out of the side on Saturday before coming on as a second half substitute.
Chiefs led 1-0 going into the final 10 minutes of the game on Saturday afternoon before Thembinkosi Lorch levelled things up to secure a point and extend their unbeaten run over their bitter rivals from Soweto.
After the game, questions were asked about Katsande’s absence in the starting XI though Middendorp insisted that it was purely a tactical decision.
He told the media, “It looks like we have done something right without Katsande… We have done something right without Billiat against AmaZulu… There is no guarantee for anybody, there is no guarantee at this moment. It’s about performance.
“I have said before that all players are equal, but some players are more equal… And in this moment it is a decision of the technical team in this week preparing for this game.”
Chiefs’ next game sees them face The Magic FC next weekend in the Nedbank Cup.