Blame it on the refs: Katsande

Zimbabwe national team defensive midfielder Willard Katsande said this week he was not worried about the bad reputation that has been attached to his name in the Absa Premiership.


Nicknamed “Salt and Vinegar” in the neighbouring country, the national team star has become Kaizer Chiefs’ “Yellow Card Machine”, with an almost one-per-game caution rate. But he said after his side’s recent 3-1 mauling by Pretoria-based SuperSport United that he did not play rough, claiming he was a target of unfair referees.

“I don’t know if these referees sit down in meetings to discuss me before games, but that is who I am,” said the Mutare-born midfield destroyer. “I am Willard Katsande and you can’t take that away from me.”

Katsande admitted though, that as one of Chiefs’ defensive midfielders alongside the more skilful and more glamorous partner in crime, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, he was tasked with doing most of his team’s dirty work of stopping attacks by the opposition.

Fans and soccer commentators in the neighbouring country have quipped that Katsande, rejected by Ajax Cape Town before he found a new lease on life at Chiefs, lives by the motto, “You can miss one, but never both” in terms of the ball and the man.

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