“Katsande is tactically disciplined”


Kaizer Chiefs’ Willard Katsande is more than just a highly rated defensive midfielder known for his toughness and no-nonsense approach in the heart of midfield.

That is the view of Chiefs assistant coach Shaun Bartlett, who says the veteran tenacious midfielder is equally a tactically disciplined player.

In the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, Chiefs without Katsande’s presence in the middle of the park have dropped crucial points as the Soweto giants have failed to register a win in five of the seven games in which their captain Katsande missed while winning 16 of the 20 games the Zimbabwean has played and losing only two.

“Katsande is a leader, he is a core player, he is one of the most experienced players we have in the squad,” – Bartlett.

“Everybody look at Katsande and the first thing is like the physicality in tackles and everything but for us is more his tactical discipline, how he holds his position, what he gives to us as a team and how he gives cover to the defenders when they go out of position,” added the ‘Amakhosi’ assistant coach.

The former ‘Warriors’ captain, who rarely pulls out of a tackle, is one of the most feared midfielders in the Absa Premiership and has been a rock in midfield for Chiefs for the past nine years.

Since joining Chiefs back in 2011 from Ajax Cape Town, the 34-year-old has made over 250 appearances for the club, netting 16 goals and providing 7 assists.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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