Katsande takes up ambassadorial role at Sekhukhune United

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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

Former Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has taken up a new ambassadorial role at South African club Sekhukhune United after retiring from from professional football at the age of 36.

Sekhukhune United boss, Jonas Malatji has confirmed in an interview with the South African newspaper Daily Sun that Katsande has officially called time on his career and will be taking up a role as the club’s brand ambassador.

“He will be looking after the image of the club. He will be our official envoy, at the highest ranking football wise, and players will be looking up to him,” said Malatji on Thursday, as the Limpopo club prepares for a trip to the Harry Gwala Stadium in the Midlands to play against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

Katsande joined Sekhukhune United from South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of last season and played a role in the club retaining its status in the South African Premiership in their maiden season.

His spell at Chiefs lasted ten years where he forged an iconic status with the club, winning two league titles (2012/13, 2014/15), the Nedbank Cup in 2013 and the MTN8 in 2014.

Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates goal during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 07 November 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

A year later Katsande won Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, and Fans Player of the Season at the Kaizer Chiefs awards after a remarkable season in which he finished as the club’s second-top scorer with seven goals, despite being a defensive midfielder.

He left Kaizer Chiefs after having clocked the most appearances as a foreigner, reaching 326 appearances to beat the record previously held by compatriot Tinashe Nengomasha.

After joining Sekhukhune United he managed just 18 games and scored once for the side and has now opted to end his career with 341 appearances across all competitions in the South African top-flight.

Willard Katsande captained the Warriors at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Known as a midfield work-horse, Willard Katsande began his career playing for local lower division clubs in Zimbabwe such as Frontier Steel (2002–2005), Feruka (2006–2007) and a popular giant killing club from Mutare, called Highway (2007–2009) from where he was recruited to play for Gunners FC for the 2009–10 season.

After starring in Gunners’ CAF Champions League campaign, Katsande joined South African side Ajax Cape Town in 2010, where he spent one season before moving to Kaizer Chiefs.

Katsande also had a successful international football career with the Zimbabwe Warriors, whom he captained to the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.

The Mutoko-born’s retirement comes at a time when he has been hard at work building his business profile which includes construction and his popular clothing line Boss Ya Mboka Kitoko Makasi.

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