Katsande over the moon

HARARE - Zimbabwe midfielder Willard Katsande revealed his delight after South African champions Kaizer Chiefs announced they have extended his contract with them until 2017.

The hard-tackling holding midfielder joined AmaKhosi in 2011 after moving from Ajax Cape Town and has been a revelation since then.

“I was never going to refuse to extend my contract with Chiefs because I’m enjoying my football at the club,” Katsande told the Daily News yesterday.

The former Highway and Gunners midfielder has fond memories of the three years he has been at Naturena since joining from the Urban Warriors.

“What I can say is that the past three years have been fruitful for me at Chiefs,” he said.

“I have enjoyed every moment and the environment that prevails at this club, that’s why I did not think twice when they offered me an extension.”

The Zimbabwean, who has been criticised for his over the top tackles at time by the South African media and opposition coaches, is now targeting more silverware with the Soweto giants.

Katsande was an integral part of the Chiefs squad that won their first Absa Premiership title in seven years after clinching the 2012-2013 championship.

“I now want more trophies with Chiefs and hopefully write my own piece of history with the club,” he said.

“We need to retain the Absa Premiership title and I’m confident we will be able to do it. We also need to do well in the African Champions League this year.”

South African clubs have been accused of not valuing the Champions League except for Orlando Pirates, who have reached the final twice and won the competition once.

“No it’s not true,” responded Katsande. “We very much want to win the Champions League and the management have made it clear that they take the competition seriously.”

The Soweto giants this week also announced that defenders Erick Mathoho and Tsepo Masilela have also extended their contracts to 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Coach Staurt Baxter also added another two years to his contract and will be at Naturena until 2016.

The club also unveiled their latest singing, George Maluleke, who they snapped from Tshwane-based side SuperSport United.

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela is expected to join Chiefs in June after signing a pre-contract.

“Maluleka has signed a three year contract. The Amakhosi have also signed the 29 year old Katlego Mphela on a three year pre-contract. Mphela is scheduled to start his journey as a Glamour Boy from July 2014,” revealed AmaKhosi team manager Bobby Motaung.

“The Bafana Bafana international has his contract running out at Mamelodi Sundowns in June 2014. We are engaging with Sundowns to bring the player to Naturena during the window period.”