Willard Katsande the big loser


WARRIORS midfielder Willard Katsande was the biggest loser at the annual South African Absa Premier Soccer League Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Sunday night.



Katsande, who last week snubbed the Warriors call for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, arrived at the glamorous function expecting to land the Absa PSL Footballer of the Year as well as the Players Player of the Year gong but was beaten to the two awards by Bidvest Wits midfield general Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Vilakazi won R550 000.

The gritty midfielder failed to pitch up for the Warriors camp for their match against Tanzania, with a number of fans speculating that he had snubbed the country to rather attend the awards ceremony.

Katsande argues he was not feeling well due to diarrhoea, but reportedly trained with his club Kaizer Chiefs in the days he was supposed to be with his Warriors teammates.

The former Highway and Gunners man appeared in good spirits and did not show any signs of discomfort at the beginning of the awards ceremony on Sunday night. He now faces an uncertain future with the Warriors with coach Ian Gorowa set to decide on his fate this week. Many fans are questioning Katsande’s loyalty and want him banned from the team.

While he is obviously devastated by the Sunday loss and now facing a bleak future with the Warriors, he has received some words of encouragement from Vilakazi.

“Look, Willard [Katsande] had a great season as well. It’s just that there’s only one winner. For him, I hope he keeps on working even harder and keeps his head up. I hope he tries to do more and scores even more goals as well.
Losing is not the end of the world, things can only get better, you know. He must keep his head up, hey,” Vilakazi told the media after the ceremony.

Just like Katsande, his teammate Knowledge Musona also endured a bad night at the awards as he was beaten to the Absa Premiership Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season which went to Mamelodi Sundowns’ Hlompho Kekana.

It was a memorable weekend though for Warriors left back Costa Nhamoinesu whose Czech Republic team Sparta Praha completed a double by winning the Czech Republic Cup after beating rivals Viktoria Plzen after a penalty shoot-out on Saturday evening.

Before last Saturday’s success, Sparta had already bagged the league title whose reward is participation in the Uefa Champions League next season. They won the league with three games to spare, having lost just once so far in the campaign.

Nhamoinesu was expected to make his comeback from injury in the Saturday match, but failed a late fitness test. He is now expected to return into the squad for the league match on Sunday.

Another Warriors player who will be playing European Cup football next season is Quincy Antipas, whose Danish side Brondby secured a Uefa Europa league spot with a 2-2 draw away to Nordsjælland.

The former Motor Action man was a second half substitute in the match for his 25th appearance in 33 for the club this season.

Still in Denmark, Silas Songani was not in the final 18 for SønderjyskE who recorded their second straight win with a 3-1win over Midtjylland on Saturday. Songani’s team survived relegation after their win last week.

Media reports in South Africa are linking the unheralded Zimbabwean Patrick Kaunda, the, who topped the scoring charts in Botswana’s be-Mobile Premier League this past season, with a move to South African Premiership side Platinum Stars.

Kaunda scored 20 goals in the 2013/2014 season for FC Satmos in Botswana to win the Golden Boot award. If the deal materialises, Kaunda could become the second player in recent years to join Dikwena from the Botswana Premier League following Terrance Mandaza who made a similar move three seasons ago.


  1. You journos are the ones killin our country and football. Katsande just like evryone else chose self. Everyone is doing it from the president of this country down to the ward councilor, protocol observed. U wanted him to loose, had he been chosen, the best moment of his life and career, seriously ??? Lets get real. Tsvangirayi doesnt wan t to go, mugabe has never wanted to go,, cutbert dube doesnt want to go, zuma doesnt want to go all for selfish reasons and u want poor willard to carry the burden of the country all by himself. Get real pliz gentlemen. Gorowa dont be emotional let willard play, cutbert was emotional with Asiagate and where did it take us??????

  2. I wish u bad lucky Cowtsande u r a biggest looser how can u dump ur own country nekuda kwemaAwards wakamama ukaruza chero daiwaizowina no one was going to take chero usipo vaizongotaura kuti aenda kuduty renyika Gorowa Rio is gud pamid apo don’t call Cowtsande again mxxxxxxxxxxxm nxaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  3. Katsande is a good player but what he did was totally wrong.Derseving a second chance yes but he should also apologise gracefully to the coach and the staff not bygoing the family of Zimbabwe @ large.

  4. Mupfanha akadyisa pa Angola nekupihwa red card ndagara ndakamumaka dai akasauya ku Mawarriors zvachose

  5. Mupfanha akadyisa pa Angola nekupihwa red card ndagara ndakamumaka dai akasauya ku Mawarriors zvachose 2nd chance ndiyo yaatoshaya iyi atopera uyu

  6. gyz lets be honest he is a good player…..bt what he did is totaly bad
    katsande just apologise to mr gorowa also to the people chete

  7. leave the young man alone,with him you were still going to lose ,your team is weak and lacks skills,why burden him, it shows your coach lacks technique if he relies solely on one player

  8. He just dd what every person could do in his situation.He couldn’t afford to miss such a special occasion that comes only once in a lifetime. Had it been Gorowa he would have done the same.It’s understandable.Besides he alone wouldn’t have changed the result so let’s be reasonable.

    After all the press is reporting negatively just becoz he ddnt win the awards.Cut him some crap.He is a jewel in midfield and hate him or love him, thts a fact.KATSANDE RULES.

  9. No man . This man is a traitor. Like one gentleman observed here; he must apologise to the coach and the nation.We had players far better than him yesteryear but they understood what it means to represent one’s country.You missing the point here. l remember one time Benjani and Mushangazhike were in the running for something very similar in South Africa and the national team was on duty that day in DRC or something. Did they snub their country?
    Hands off Gorowa! Like l said we had far much better players than him anyway who fought tooth and nail for our cause but surely not this man.He is a mercenary.period. Should the coach field him with his divided loyalties? Look, if this man wanted to be excused he should have done so without giving the nation false hope that he was on his way to join camp. Just some day later he was spotted training at Naturena at full throttle. Thus Willard for you.
    Oh another thing. I don’t honesty believe Katsande is the best in that position.We have talent dotted across the the world. These players are full-fledged professionals who are aching to don the very jersey snubbed by this man . You still don’t believe me? Take a look at the Cape Verde success story and you will be a believer. l suggest Gorowa must call all these players and assess them.We have gems out there that we aren’t utilising. As for Katsande you won’t be missed!

  10. This is poor reporting and if u thnk katsande was the biggest loser shame on u. Hw often do u c a holding midfielder be nominated in the top 3 for both player of the yr and player’s player of the yr awards? Akatohwina kare ngatimupe sando dzake. Thid guy is an amazing talent who boasts the midfield.Everyone in SA knows he is da best midfielder in da league and he swept all awards. Warriors may do without hm paTanzania but when the real tests come it will be silly of Gorowa to ignore hm.

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