Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs holding midfielder Willard Katsande revealed his rugged style of play was honed back home in Zimbabwe.
The tough tackling Katsande has been a permanent fixture in the successful Chiefs line-up that clinched the Premiership and MTN8 cup double last season.
The 29-year-old says there is an incorrect perception about him being a dirty player.
"It started when I was still young playing at home in Zimbabwe. I always wanted to win the ball. Whether it was in a smart way or not, I always wanted to win that ball," Katsande told Soccer Laduma.
"I had to train myself to be hard so that my opponents were scared of me. That’s why I am just hard, not rough. I’ve said before, I don’t play rough, just tough and hard.
"I think it has helped me grow into the player that I am now. It has made me a better player and with practice I have achieved in football. Hard work will always pay off in the end."