Named Kaizer Chiefs' Player of the Season in 2013/2014, Willard Katsande proved many critics wrong, with many fans and pundits questioning his style of play. Some said he was just a bully, and even called him a thug, however, there is no doubt that ‘Salt and Vinegar’ is now the most well-rounded holding midfielder in the league.
Signed from Ajax Cape Town to replace former Chiefs hardman Tinashe Nengomasha, high expectations were placed on Katsande, and in his first season at Naturena he was a rough diamond.
Flying into tackles, picking up yellow card after yellow card; attackers were afraid to go near the wild midfielder - who often claimed he was not aggressive.
Off the field, Katsande is known to be quite the shy guy, and that is hard to believe after watching him for 90 minutes on the football pitch. However, in recent times we have seen a different side to ‘Salt and Vinegar’.
Coach Stuart Baxter, as we know, is one of the best man managers in the country, and in Katsande’s instance, he continuously worked with the Zimbabwean to tweak his game.
Now, Katsande can be seen in an almost maestro like role for Amakhosi. He rarely gets booked and his positioning on the pitch has been superb. Katsande has also improved on his passing, and is now able to help launch attacks after breaking up play.
An unsung hero at Chiefs of some sorts, do you feel that Katsande is still one of the best midfielders in the league?