Katsande proves his mettle

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande proved that he is the midfield general Zimbabwe has missed for some time with a splendid performance in the Warriors 1-1 drawn World Cup qualifier against Mozambique.

Pillar of strength - Katsande
Pillar of strength – Katsande

Katsande was a ball of fire throughout the game, igniting attacks whenever in possession, creating chances for the strikers and blocking the Mambas’ offensive midfield play.

Football analyst Bekimplilo Nyoni and Wellington Mpandare, a former Zimbabwe Under 23 team manager, admitted that Katsande showed that he is in a class of his own and should be the pillar of the Zimbabwean midfield.

Surprisingly, the Amakhosi star was continuously ignored by former coach Klause Dieter Pagels, despite public demands for the gritty player to be included in previous World Cup matches – two against Egypt and two against Guinea, which The Warriors lost in humiliating fashion.

Current coach Ian Gorowa has decided to give Katsande another chance and was the first to admit that the ever-green Katsande is the man he needs for the demanding task ahead after his performance against the Mambas.

As the Warriors look forward to the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, Gorowa has admitted that in Katsande, he has the rock from where the Warriors’ future will be built.

Prominent football supporter Chris ‘Romario’ Musekiwa likened Katsande to David Mwanza, who did the midfield work while Joel Shambo and Stanford Mtizwa went forward in one of the best football midfield set ups ever to come out of Zimbabwe.

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