Just a few days after he was released by Kaizer Chiefs, Willard Katsande has found a home at Sekhukhune United.
The 35-year-old defensive midfielder was among the new signings that were unveiled by the ambitious DStv Premiership upstarts on Friday.
Katsande, who spent a decade at Chiefs since joining from Ajax Cape Town in 2011, relished the feeling of starting out in a new environment.
“I started training with the team today [Friday]. It’s a good feeling because I couldn’t wait to start,” said Katsande in audio distributed by Sekhukhune.
“Obviously a change of environment is sometimes needed. Even if you go to a [new] school or a different job, the first day is always key to make a good impression. The welcome was good; I enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to more days like this. The team has shown me love and support.”
The former Zimbabwean international was unveiled alongside four other new acquisitions as Sekhukhune continue to beef up their squad ahead of their debut in the premier division.
Other signings are Justice Chabalala – on loan from Orlando Pirates – Baroka FC defender Cheslyn Jampies, Blessing Sarupinda from Caps United in Zimbabwe and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata from Zesco United in Zambia.
Katsande believes the club has assembled a competitive squad that will hold their own in the elite league.
“We have got exciting talent, so it’s going to be a good mix. We are going to find a good balance [between young and experienced players] and make the supporters happy.
“We are going to be competitive. Obviously, we want to work towards achieving a common goal for the team. Our supporters must keep on rallying behind the guys and we’re going to deliver. What fans can expect is 100% commitment and dedication from Willard Katsande. I promise I’ll give my all to repay the chair [Simon Malatji], who took the opportunity to bring me here.”
Sekhukhune will open their Premiership campaign against Chippa United on August 21 at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.