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Willard Katsande: Former Amakhosi Footballer Now A Handyman

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe Warriors star Willard Katsande has started a painting and plumbing side hustle as he prepares for life aft...

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe Warriors star Willard Katsande has started a painting and plumbing side hustle as he prepares for life after football.

The tough-tackling Zimbabwean midfielder left Amakhosi earlier this year following a decade at the club. 

The 35-year-old holds the club record for the most capped foreign player after featuring in 326 matches across all competitions for Kaizer Chiefs. Katsande, who is now playing for Sekhukhune United, is now preparing for life after retirement from football. 

The midfielder, who does not seem to mind what people say or think of him, started the business Katsande Partners to prepare for his new life.

Speaking to online publication Daily Sun, he said, “I can say it is a new business now, but I registered the company in 2017. But I was still learning, now I’m busy working. It is operating full time now.”

“We are doing a lot of work from home renovations, interiors and exteriors, handyman services such as bathroom fittings, kitchen fittings, and ceilings,” he said.

Katsande also said that he has a number of other ventures that he is working on. He, however, declined to give more details until next year. “I am a busy man, but a lot will be revealed early next year. We are cooking a lot of things.”
Men At Work: Willard Katsande Doing A Painting Job

Katsande’s painting and plumbing business currently employ eight people. ‘Salt and Vinegar’ as Katsande was affectionately known by legions of Amakhosi fans, said he started the painting and plumbing business to provide for his family.

“I’m doing this for a better future for my family and kids. My football career will end, and I still need to provide for them. Also, I’m doing this to inspire people.”

Katsande was born on 15 January 1986 in Mutoko. A former player of Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs and the Zimbabwe national team and is currently with DStv Premiership side Sekhukhune United F.C.

Known as a midfield work-horse, Katsande began his career playing for local lower division clubs in Zimbabwe such as Frontier Steel (2002–2005), Feruka (2006–2007) and then he was recruited to play for Gunners F.C. in Harare for the 2009–10 season.

At Gunners, Katsande made a huge contribution to the club's campaign in the CAF Champions League qualifiers.

He was in irresistible form as the Gunners shocked African giants Al-Ahly 1–0 at Rufaro Stadium in the Champions League second round match before eventually bowing out on 2–1 aggregate, after losing the reverse encounter 2–0 in Cairo.

The Gunners would however finish 1st in their league, clinching the title as Zimbabwean Premier League Champions for the 2009–10 season.

Willard Katsande made his professional debut for Ajax Cape Town on 12 December 2010 in a 2–0 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Atlantic Stadium in Witbank.

He was acquired by Ajax Cape Town in the summer of 2010 as a transfer from Zimbabwean club Gunners F.C., having left a lasting impression on the club by his earlier performance with the Gunners in the CAF Champions League qualifiers.

On 15 August 2011 it was announced that Willard Katsande had joined the Kaizer Chiefs, after Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung saw his performance, while attending an international friendly match between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Katsande made his debut on 10 September 2011 in the MTN 8 final against Orlando Pirates coming in for Tshabalala in the 81st minute. In his first 12 league matches for Chiefs, Katsande got 5 yellow cards.

He won the Premier Soccer League and the Nedbank Cup in 2013 where he was the most booked player with 10 yellow cards including one red card.

Katsande scored a long-range scorcher after taking a few steps off the centre line in a 4–1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on 21 July 2013 with his fellow countryman Knowledge Musona scoring on debut.

The Sekhukhune United midfield strongman has opened up on his burning desire to return to Naturena and coach his former club Kaizer Chiefs. “I need to go and give back to Kaizer Chiefs because where I am today, it is because of them,” said Katsande. 

“Without football and Kaizer Chiefs, I would not be where I am today, and to be known by everybody in Africa and in Southern Africa. I will want to go back there and share my experience with the younger ones.”

He added: “I need to aim higher and when I go back there I want to go to the senior team because I know I can do it. It goes with the passion that I have for the game and coaching.” – Online Sources

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