Katsande facing uncertain future at Chiefs

Willard Katsande during the Kaizer Chiefs media open day at Kaizer Chiefs Village. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Willard Katsande during the Kaizer Chiefs media open day at Kaizer Chiefs Village. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Phakaaathi has learnt that midfielder Willard Katsande could be on his way out of Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the season.

According to sources at Amakhosi, coach Ernst Middendorp has already identified a replacement for the Zimbabwean hard man.

“Middendorp is not a fan of Katsande’s style of play. He believes that he gives away far too much possession. He wants someone like (Hlompho) Kekana of Sundowns, someone who can turn defence into attack with accurate passes and Katsande is not good at passing long balls.

“This is the reason why (George) Maluleka has been used in Katsande’s position in recent matches,” said one source.

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Another source said Middendorp has not forgiven Katsande for the way he talked to him when the German coach was still a Maritzburg United coach.

“Katsande made a rough tackle to one of Maritzburg players and when Middendorp called him into order, he responded rudely to him. Katsande has never apologised for his actions and Middendorp is not happy about that,” commented the source.

Katsande’s contract with Chiefs is set to expire in June next year.

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