Kicking with Katsande

Willard Katsande in his branded clothing range

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Willard Katsande is a retired footballer who last played for Sekhukhune United in the Dstv Premiership. The defensive midfielder captained Amakhosi at some point in his decade-long stay, before he was let go by the club at the beginning of the 2021/2022 season.

Katsande, who also amassed twenty-seven international caps for Zimbabwe, had a one-season stint at Sekhukhune United before hanging up his boots. In this, the first of many anticipated columns with ThisIsFootball.Africa, the 36-year-old explains his life after football.

“Yes, I have officially retired, you have to leave it while people still have respect for you. I love how I left the game. I am currently with Sekhukhune United, working as a brand ambassador, I am delighted where I am, and I’m very, genuinely grateful for the opportunity that I’m given to work within the set-up.”

“I am also busy with my clothing company, which is called Boss Ya Mboka, and it has been doing very well. We sell different kinds of clothing branded Boss Ya Mboka. I also have a construction company, which is also doing great. I am enjoying having my businesses, that’s what I can encourage footballers to look at business opportunities, because football is a short professional career.”

Willard Katsande in his branded clothing range
Willard Katsande in “Boss Ya Mboka” branded clothing. Image supplied

“Most importantly, in relation to football, I have the Kitoko Makasi Soccer School, where I teach them to play football. Children are coming three days a week for training, and we sometimes arrange games for them, so that they can see how far we have done in terms of developing them.”

“So whenever they go to trials or wherever, to any other teams, they know what is expected from them. The job is to teach them how to be professional, and I think they have so far responded very well. They are coming good.”

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande coaching his players at Kitoko Makase Soccer School
Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande coaching his players at Kitoko Makase Soccer School. Image supplied

“I am learning plenty of things that I did not know while I was a professional footballer. Football needs 100% focus. I was committed in football, so now it’s a good time to keep on learning. I am just keeping my head up, I take every day as an opportunity to learn.”

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Willard Katsande with Orlando Pirates midfielder Phillip Ndlondlo rocking Boss Ya Mboka shirts. Image supplied