From herd boy to soccer star: Willard Katsande reveals his past

From herd boy to soccer star: Willard Katsande reveals his past

- Kaizer Chiefs star Willard Katsande has been with the club for 8 seasons and revealed what drives his success

- Katsande revealed that he had an extremely challenging past and grew up as an orphan

- He worked as a herd boy during his childhood, working the fields from 2am

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Briefly.co.za suspects Kaizer Chiefs are in the middle of a player overhaul at Naturena.

The likes of Pule Ekstein‚ Gustavo Paez and Kgotso Malepe have already been offloaded as reported by Briefly.co.za previously.

Goalkeeper Virgil Vries has also been added to that list.

TimesLIVE reported that Bobby Motaung, Chiefs’ football manager, confirmed the player exodus won’t end there as the Amakhosi look to reinvent themselves for next season.

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However, one man that seems as secure as any is midfielder Willard Katsande.

The 33-year-old Zimbabwean has seen players comes and go at Chiefs, but he’s been a mainstay for eight seasons.

He credits his turbulent childhood for his work ethic and successful career.

Katsande revealed that he was orphaned as a child and was the only boy amongst his siblings.

The siblings struggled to make ends meet.

He says, “I used to work as a herd boy. I used to wake up at 2am to work in the fields."

Katsande conceded not to being the most gifted of players, but his hard work and determination has resulted in his longevity.

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Katsande added, “I don’t only provide for my own family‚ I also provide for my extended family and friends back home.”

One of his bones of contention has been the lack of silverware of late.

Briefly.co.za previously reported on Katsande’s frustrations with supporters mocking the team’s league position.

He also declared that it’s something he’s determined to remedy as he doesn’t want to be remembered as a player who failed to win silverware for the Amakhosi.

Chiefs will get the ideal opportunity to achieve this on 18 May when they take on minnows TS Galaxy in the final of the Nedbank Cup.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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