Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Siphelele Mthembu of Free State Stars during the 2018 Maize Cup Final match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars at the James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney on 14 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Jul 18, 2018. 15:00
Zimbabwe and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has revealed how he played his part in ensuring the club signed Khama Billiat.
The Soweto giants swooped on the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker last month whose contract was set to expire at Chloorkop.
Just after their Maize Cup triumph last weekend, Katsande said he welcomed his fellow international teammate who was on debut last Saturday at the James Motlatsi Stadium.
The 27-year-old ended up snubbing offers from elsewhere, including a renewal at the Brazilians as he opted for what is believed to be a lucrative deal at Naturena.
“I can say I helped the team get him. But we know what kind of player Khama is," said Katsande.
He has come to The Village and changed the whole dimension of the players around him.
“Everyone wants to play with him and everybody is eager to add onto what he will offer.
"I think he’s a massive addition to the team, as you can see when he is in the game it’s totally different – it’s like having Neymar or Ronaldo in your
“He’s going to give the guys around him confidence to perform well.
“Obviously, as a brother, I wanted him to be here [at Chiefs]. I know how it is to be here, I’ve been here for eight seasons and they’ve been good to me.
“I even told him, ‘You know what, there’s no place like Kaizer Chiefs. Just come here baby, you won’t regret to be with us.’"
Meanwhile, the two South African giants are set to lock horns this weekend in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup at the FNB Stadium.