Katsande tackles starvation in his home village


Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has donated grocery hampers worth over R50 000 to the needy in his rural home in Mutoko, Zimbabwe.

The Amakhosi anchorman sent a truckload of the goodies to the village, located in the Mashonaland East district. The items were distributed to members of several villages in Mutoko over the weekend.

The former Warriors captain believes the hampers could go a long way in alleviating hunger among the rural folk who are the most vulnerable at a time the country is on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. “I have donated some goodies to my village back in Mutoko. That’s my roots,” Katsande told The Herald.

He admitted the travel arrangements were far from easy but was elated to hear that the goods were delivered to the intended beneficiaries.

“Things are tight during this COVID-19 pandemic so I just thought, I have to be there for those that helped me right from the start. I know what exactly the situation is right in the village because I was once in it,” he said.

Having been bred in the rural community, Katsande said he always remembered the rural folk for the role they played in his upbringing. He recalls how some people from the village would travel for several kilometres to Harare just to watch him play for the national team.

“These are the people who make it a point to tune in and catch me on television when I am playing for Kaizer Chiefs. They have been so supportive of my cause so I have to remember that they need me at a time like this,” he said.

The former Warriors captain joins an array of other footballers who have joined in the cause and donated to the needy members of the society.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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