Ex-Warriors skipper Willard Katsande finds new home

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Former Warriors skipper Willard Katsande has inched closer to finding in new home in newly promoted South African premiership side, Sekhukhune United a week after the midfield hardman went separate ways with Kaizer Chiefs following a successful 10-year stint with the giants.

South African media report the topflight rookies have offered the 35-year-old veteran football international a one-year contract with an option to have it extended by a further season at the end of the upcoming campaign.

South Africa’s football season gets underway in about two weeks for both divisions.

Katsande has reportedly put pen to paper with his new paymasters after he became a free agent at the end of the 2020/21 season after Kaizer Chiefs decided against extending his decade-long stay.

If the deal with Sekhukhune United is confirmed, Katsande with join several fellow countrymen who have moved to the club. He is also set to become Sekhukhune’s most experienced player.

Fellow countrymen include captain Tapuwa Kapini, McClive Phiri, Walter Musona, Charlton Mashumba and Talent Chawapiwa.

The club is also assessing King Nadolo and are also said to be eyeing the services of Warriors’ vice-captain Ovidy Karuru.

Reports also say Katsande could be registered as local player as he is holder of a South African permanent residence permit.

Katsande went separate ways with Amakhosi following a successful 10 years in which he gallantly marshalled the Glamour Boys’ midfield, ending his stint with two championship medals to his name.

With 326 official matches for Chiefs, the midfield workhorse holds the distinction of being the most-capped foreigner, upstaging fellow countryman Tinashe Nengomasha who is one less.

Katsande has indicated he still has some few more gas left in his tank and would want to continue as an infield player after politely waving down a technical role he had been offered by the Soweto giants to appreciate his long and dedicated service in the club’s colours.