Katsande explains motivation behind his workhorse playing style

Willard Katsande (Gallo Images)
Willard Katsande (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande says he works hard in midfield because he is an orphan and grew up in tough circumstances.

Katsande has been at Chiefs since 2011 where he has played a major role in some of the side's successes in recent years.

While the Glamour Boys are without a trophy since 2015, the destroyer was a major part of the success the team earlier enjoyed under Stuart Baxter.

The Zimbabwe star was dropped from the starting line-up by current incumbent Ernst Middendorp earlier this season, but has won his place back with a number of strong performances.

He said: "It's easy for people to say Katsande is a hard worker, and it's easy for me to run more and do more for the team so that I keep my job and keep on playing.

"It also requires [one to consider] where you're coming from, what you want to be tomorrow and what you are showing for that particular moment.

"For me, my upbringing was a bit tough and that's what I put into consideration whenever I wake up and get an opportunity to play, so I need to play my heart out.

"My upbringing was bad, I'm an orphan, so I'm the only boy in my family and all I need to do is give them life through football.

"So, I wouldn't jeopardise my own job and take it for granted. Whenever I get a chance, I always perform. You will never doubt my commitment.

"I'm a limited guy in terms of being talented, but hard work you will never doubt. I always give my all."

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