A season to remember: Katsande

He missed out on the Absa PSL awards two weeks ago, but hard-tackling national team midfielder, Willard Katsande, believes the 2013/14 season was his best by far so far.

Willard Katsande
Willard Katsande

Having put the icing on the cake when he scooped his club’s Online Player of the Season, Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, on top of the SoccerLaduma Player of the Season, the Warriors kingpin said early this week that the just-ended campaign, where his Kaizer Chiefs ended without a trophy, would be unforgettable for him.

Having lost out on the Footballer of the Season and Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season categories for which he was nominated, the Mutare-born Katsande said being nominated on its own was an honour for him.

Many fans though, especially those who support the Naturena giants and those from Zimbabwe, still believe Katsande would have easily landed the two awards had he been a South African. The two awards went to Bidvest Wits captain, Sibusiso Vilakazi, a South African, who struggles to make the Bafana Bafana squad.

"I was happy to be nominated and it is still a feeling that I cannot put into words. I will always look at this season in my career and thank God for the opportunity he gave me to play soccer at this level," said Katsande.

"I continued to work hard and to improve from the previous season. The coaches helped me polish certain aspects of my game. I improved on minimising the bookings. The coaches also worked on my confidence. My teammates also supported and encouraged me to do well.

"My family members have also always been there even during low moments. I get a lot of support from my sister back home. I made sure I didn't get discouraged by negativity around my play and stayed focused and worked harder to improve."

He said being nominated in such awards was the dream of every footballer, adding he would remember that for his “entire life”, as it made him feel special, especially playing for such a colossal team as Kaizer Chiefs.

"Obviously, I am now looking forward to a good rest, during which I will be working on my mental readiness towards tackling the next season with the same energy and attitude. I want to be consistent and take my soccer career to the next level," added Katsande, who played 41 league and cup games for the Amakhosi during the just-ended season.

He scored the solitary goal as Chiefs beat perennial rivals, Orlando Pirates, 1-0 in the last Soweto Derby of the season.

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