Katsande calls time on glittering career

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Willard Katsande of Sekhukhune United during the DStv Premiership 2021/22 football match between Sekhukhune United and Chippa United at Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa on 21 August 2021 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
FORMER Zimbabwe senior soccer team captain Willard Katsande is set to call time on his career after he was left out of the squad by his new South African Premier Soccer League side Sekhukhune United for the 2022/23 season.

According to reports from South Africa, Katsande will assume an ambassadorial role at the club.

The veteran midfielder (36) joined Sekhukhune United after a 10-year spell with the Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs where he won several trophies.

In his first season with the DStv Premiership rookies, Katsande made 19 appearances leading them to a comfortable 11th place finish.

Katsande holds the proud record of being the most capped foreign player at Amakhosi, having made 326 appearances during his time at Naturena.

The former Zimbabwean international joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2011 from Ajax Cape Town and it did not take him time to settle and establish himself in the first team, which endeared him to the club’s supporters.

His career flourished even more when former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter took over the reins at Kaizer Chiefs in 2013, with the Zimbabwean distinguishing himself as a key member of the squad.

As his game grew under Baxter’s reign, the South African football giants went on to win two Premier League titles, as well as the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup during the three seasons the former Bafana Bafana coach presided over the team.

Katsande also won the Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Year award for the 2013/14 season.

The Zimbabwean former Warriors skipper retired from the international game in 2017 soon after the Warriors exited the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon in the group
stages.

He had led them to the biennial soccer tournament for the first time since 2006 in Egypt.

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