In Katsande, Zim can achieve greatness

JOHANNESBURG - In the absence of regular captain Siphiwe Tshabalala, our own Willard Katsande has been given the armband to lead Mzansi’s biggest supported side, Kaizer Chiefs.

I have always said in the past that I am a big fan of Katsande’s abrasive type of play which has earned him demi-god status with the Soweto giants.

It is nice to see that Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has also seen leadership qualities in the uncompromising midfielder and as a result of his guidance, the Warriors are on the verge of achieving greatness on a number of fronts.

Sad the country is not competing in the 2018 Fifa World Cup after the world governing body kicked it out for failure to honour contractual obligations.

So critical is Katsande to Amakhosi that coach Steve Komphela has come out in the open to praise the Zimbabwean linkman for his professional attitude.

Here is a player who is set to become an icon at the Soweto club and go into the history books of Mzansi football.

Yet most people including myself were not sure of the player’s authoritative behaviour on the pitch in the beginning.

Even most officials didn’t understand him either and as a result Katsande was earning yellow and red cards on regular occasions.

Officials took his crunching tackles as going contrary to rules of the game and most commentators here initially concluded his playing days at Chiefs were numbered.

But see who has withstood the test of time? Talk of standing what you believe in whether people agree or disagree with you.

Here is a player who is prepared to die for a cause and when the going gets tough, takes matters in his own hands.

Komphela described the stocky player who hails from Mutare as a rare modern and complete player.

The no-nonsense midfielder can be assigned in defensive duties, hold the midfield and when the team is chasing for goals is seen in the box. And he has been rewarded recently with a number of goals for the club.

Workaholic as the proverbial Trojan horse, not in modern times has Zimbabwe produced such a hardworking player.

In Katsande, Zimbabwe has a player in which the Warriors side should be moulded around.

In the past when the team struggled to achieve things, no one was prepared to die for the nation but here is captain courageous prepared to lead from the front.

And with great talent surrounding him, Pasuwa must be super confident that he has an opportunity to leave a lasting impression with the Warriors.

Not since the Dream Team of the late Reinard Fabisch which then had the likes of Peter Ndlovu, his late brother Adam, Vitalis Takawira, Francis Shonhayi and the likes has Zimbabwe been awash with such talent.

With the likes of Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila, the country boasts one of the most feared strikers any nation can dream of.

And with the leadership of Katsande, his undying love for achieving greatness and appetite for silverware, Zimbabwe has opportunity to lay the ghost to rest and acheive what the country failed to do in the past.

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