Katsande raises Zwane alarm Willard Katsande

Bruce Chikuni in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

KAIZER Chiefs legend, Willard Katsande, feels Warriors interim coach, Jairos Tapera, should come up with a plan to stop South Africa’s playmaker, Themba Zwane, in his tracks.

The Warriors are playing Bafana Bafana today in a World Cup Group C qualifier fixture at Free State Stadium.

Katsande, who is also a former Warriors skipper, has enough knowledge about South African football having played in the domestic Premiership for more than a decade.

The 34-year-old Zwane is by a considerable distance Mzansi’s best player and the Mamelodi Sundowns forward, is enjoying the form of his career.

He was his side’s most dangerous player as they battled to a 1-1 draw on the road against Nigeria netting the important goal last Friday.

But Katsande told Zimpapers Sport that doubling markers on him will give more room to players like Lyle Foster, and Percy Tau to do more damage if the panic sets in.

“I consider Broos the most tactical coach that we have in Africa and South Africa did a good job to hire that man.

“He doesn’t just throw his players on the field, he’s very strategic, there’s always purpose in his moves, and that’s why he has made Zwane his point man in his final third.

“For us to win against South Africa, we have to stop Zwane, but I’m not suggesting that Tapera should assign someone to man mark him, but he should have a genuine plan to cut their supply line so that he doesn’t get much of the ball,” said Katsande.

He also revealed the danger of reapplying the same strategy they used against Lesotho.

“I still can’t believe that we lost to Lesotho of all the country, I don’t mean this to disrespect the Crocodiles, but it shows their football is going somewhere.

“We made schoolboy blunders and we paid the prize and from my understanding, with the little quality which they have in their squad, they forced us to make those mistakes.

“South Africa will punish us more because their quality is way better than Lesotho and we cannot afford to stick to the same game plan because we are playing against a tactical coach who is blessed with skilful players at his disposal.”

Katsande also urged players, who have had a feel of South African football, to share their knowledge with European based players in the Warriors squad.

Zimbabwe have Marshall Munetsi, Divine Lunga and Douglas Mapfumo.

Munetsi had a brief stint with Orlando Pirates before moving to France, while Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lunga and Mapfumo of Polokwane City are the only two players who were called up for this assignments.

“I spent the better part of my career in South Africa and one thing which we cannot take away from their players is their tactical awareness.

“They are very skilful and quick something which those players in our camp, who have experienced Mzansi’s football, should be sharing to those European based players.

“As players you don’t need to be told everything by the coach because as a team, you need to equip each other with all the available information for you to be on the same page when the moment comes,” he said.

Ngezi Platinum Stars midfielder, Richard Hachiro, is likely going to be tasked to disturb Zwane to operate as he wishes in the middle of the park.

And, he has a proven record in shouldering such assignments with easy.

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