Katsande wants more despite 200th game
I’m not yet a Chiefs’ legend, says player
Despite playing his 200th match for Kaizer Chiefs against Cape Town City on Wednesday, midfielder Willard Katsande believes he hasn’t done enough to be regarded as a club legend yet.
Since joining Chiefs as an unknown form Ajax Cape Town in 2011, Katsande has won four trophies with Amakhosi, including two league titles.
However, the 31-year-old still yearns for more to realise his dream of becoming a legend at Naturena when he hangs up his boots.
“For me to reach this milestone as an individual is a great achievement, but I think to be remembered as one of the club’s legends I need to do more. I have to win more trophies with this club to attain that status. I still have a long way to go,” said Katsande.
“I have a responsibility to provide for my family back home in Zimbabwe. That helps me to stay focused.
“The day I lose that hunger will be the end of me in football. I still have to win the Telkom Knockout.
“I want to win it to make sure that I have all the [domestic] trophies,” added the defensive midfielder.
When Chiefs buy players from Zimbabwe, they usually get a backlash from supporters who claim that Amakhosi just “buy one and get one for free”. He was once subjected to the same treatment but drew inspiration from such criticism.
“I welcome the negative because it makes me a better person and a better player. It makes me grow,” he added.
Coming from a 2-0 victory over Cape Town City away should motivate Chiefs to do even better when they welcome struggling Bidvest Wits tomorrow at FNB (6pm).
For Jomo Cosmos defender Frédéric Nsabiyumva, sulking is not an option after his move to Ajax Cape Town fell through before the start of this season.
Nsabiyumva spent some time being assessed by Ajax but the Urban Warriors and Ezenkosi failed to agree terms for the bulky Burundian defender which saw him going back to the National First Division (NFD) side.
“I was not disappointed at all because I knew that it was not the end of the world. I still have a contract with Cosmos and I am fully committed to help the team gain promotion,” Nsabiyumva said.
“They [Ajax] were very impressed but the problem was that their offer was not what Cosmos was looking for. I was also not happy about it. That experience taught me that in life you must be patient,” added the 22-year-old centreback.
After losing their previous game against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, Cosmos will be determined to return to winning ways when they welcome Richards
Bay FC on Sunday at Vosloorus Stadium (3pm).