Katsande chuffed with awards

2014-05-23 13:42
Willard Katsande (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Hard tackling Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande says credit must go to the club faithful for their ongoing support throughout the season after he bagged several club awards at a ceremony held at Kyalami in Midrand on Wednesday.

The Zimbabwean international won the Amakhosi Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, Fan Player of the Season and the Online Player of the Season accolades.

From those individual accolades, the 28-year-old player took home R220 000 and a brand new Nissan 370z sponsored car.

Speaking exclusively to Sport24 on Friday, “Salt and Vinegar” gave credit to the loyal Chiefs family for his success.

“It is an awesome feeling to be recognised,” said Katsande.

“It is also an awesome feeling to be crowned as the player of the season playing for the biggest team in Africa, Kaizer Chiefs.

“Credit must go to the almighty God, all my team-mates, technical team, management team, my family and the supporters as well.

“They have always supported me throughout the season.

“I am where I am today because of them.

“I’m dedicating these awards to them.”

The former Ajax Cape Town midfield maestro was also nominated for the Premier League (PSL) Footballer of the Season award alongside Bidvest Wits skipper Sibusiso Vilakazi and ABSA Premiership winning captain, Alje Schut, of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Vilakazi won the best accolade in top flight football at a glittering award ceremony held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday evening.

And while the Zimbabwean did not hide his disappointment, he did congratulate the Bafana Bafana striker for his achievements.

“I might be disappointed and sad that I didn’t win, yes it happens.

“But there were three nominees for the award and for me to be nominated was an achievement because it was for the first time in my career to receive a nomination like that you understand.

“There had to be one winner at the end of the day and it was Sibusiso (Vilakazi), not me.

“Sibusiso won because he deserved it and I congratulated him for his achievements.

“Maybe am still lacking something but I’ll work on it.”

Katsande concluded by revealing that his team-mates were disappointed to finish the 2013/14 season empty handed but they will be eager to amend their errors in the next season.

“Yes we are all disappointed.

“But next season we will do our best to win trophies for our fans.

“There is always a room for improvement,” concluded Katsande.

Katsande will not take part in the upcoming 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) first leg preliminary round qualifier against Tanzania away in Dar es Salaam as he withdrew from Ian Gorowa's squad alongside his Chiefs team-mate Kingston Nkatha.


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