Kaizer Chiefs hardman Willard Katsande will reportedly be offered a new contract after impressing the new technical team at Amakhosi.
The 35-year-old has started in only ten matches in the DSTV premiership the last campaign, but has been impressive when Chiefs wanted him the most.
Katsande who was out of favour under Gavin Hunt, prove that he remains an important figure in the team playing a pivotal role in Chief’s last few games as they managed to conjour a top eight finish.
According to South Africa’s top football news magazine Kick-off, the Zimbabwean hardman will remain at Amakhosi for another year alongside fellow senior players Itumeleng Khune and Bernard Parker.
“Amakhosi have decided to keep the three most experienced players at the club for at least another year, to create a ‘proper transition instead of pushing them out while the train is moving’, especially now ahead of the massive continental final,” read the report
The Amakhosi technical team has been impressed by his solid displays in the midfield since Hunt’s departure.
The new head coach, Stuart Baxter is a big fan of Katsande, whom he helped turn into a formidable midfielder during his first stint at the club winning two premiership titles in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
He has since become the club’s foreign player with most appearances after equalling Tinashe Nengomasha’s 325 games in their nil all draw against Wydad Athletic in the 2nd leg of the CAF Champions League semi-final.
Kaizer Chiefs will therefore offer him a new one year extension to create a smooth exit for the legend.
Katsande ’s current contract expired on the 30th of June 2021.
Chiefs will report back to training on July 4 for what will be a mix of the start of pre-season training, in between preparing for their historical CAF Champions League final against Al Ahly at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca set for July 17.