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Willard Katsande tackles former Orlando Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa during a Soweto Darby  ~ BackpagePix

KAIZER Chiefs defensive midfielder Willard Katsande will play in his 200 game in the Amakhosi colours when they visit Cape Town City on Wednesday at Cape Town Stadium 7:30pm.

The 31-year-old joined Chiefs in 2011, making his debut when coming on for Siphiwe Tshabalala in the MTN8 final which Amakhosi lost 1-0 to Orlando Pirates.

“I never expected to play many games for Kaizer Chiefs, this is really great."quoted from Chiefs website.

“I used to watch the Soweto Derby even when I was still in Zimbabwe,” Katsande reflects.

“My Derby was tough and the pressure immense. However, in recent years I have learnt to handle the pressure of a Derby.”

Katsande scored his first goal for Amakhosi in a 2014 Soweto Darby where Amakhosi beat the Buccaneers 1-0. 

“That was an amazing experience,I will never forget that goal,” he said.

Katsande has started in 191 games for Chiefs and came on as a substitute in a further eight. These include all official matches, including those for the league, the various cups and the CAF competitions. For example, the Zimbabwean has started in 11 African Champions League clashes for Amakhosi.

The hard-tackling defensive midfielder also regularly finds the back of the net – 14 times since scoring his first goal for Chiefs in 2014. His most recent goal came in the Absa Premiership encounter against Maritzburg United on 11 February 2017. Katsande scored the 1-0 in a 2-1 victory.

About Wednesday’s Cape Town City match, Katsande said:“We lost 3-2 last season in Cape Town, while playing so well. It was an enthralling match and it was actually one of our best performances in the 2016/2017 Absa Premiership season. If we deliver that kind of quality football again, we will win this time around.

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