Kaizer Chiefs hard man Willard Katsande has provided a detailed explanation following his heated exchange with Siyabonga Ngezana in their match against Stellenbosch in the Absa Premiership late November.
Ngezana had opened the scoring with a bullet header to give Amakhosi the lead in a match which Chiefs ended winning comfortably with a 4-0 score line.
In the midst of excitement, Ngezana removed his shirt while celebrating his goal something which annoyed Barnard Parker and Katsande who has since cleared up the matter.
“Yeah I think, obviously you know football is a game of emotions where by you are running there’s no way I was gonna talk to him [Ngezana] in a calm way,” explained Katsande
“Obviously it was gonna be aggressive as it looks but at the same time it is about team effort,” he said during an interview with Newzroom Africa.
“We were in the beginning of the match which is a critical face and we managed to score of which that’s what we wanted and a defender moreover, if it was Khama [Billiat] scoring I would not have minded (him taking off the jersey) as he is less likely to get another yellow.
“So when he’s a defender and you know how Ngezana plays he is more like an aggressive player anything can happen maybe a tactical foul, another yellow card and you know how it is difficult to play with one man less especially when a team is playing Kaizer Chiefs, they throw everything because we are 11 but we are suffering what more when your 10?” said Katsande.
“Actually I was trying to pull him, like at first when he had scored I tried to stop the shirt from going off his body but he managed to sneak out because now I am holding like, look at the footage I tried then he slipped a little bit because he was quick, so that he can celebrate but we are holding his shirt not to go out.
Katsande went on to reveal that Ngezana was actually lucky not to receive his marching orders later in the match after he handled the ball which was worthy of a second yellow card.
“Along the game there’s an incident where by he [Ngezana] handled the ball, it’s just that the referees were actually too nice to him because it’s another yellow card whereby he was going to pay you know. So yeah we understand he’s a kid whereby he will learn from that.”
By Ntobeko Mbambo