Willard Katsande is a former professional football player hailing from Zimbabwe. With a career spanned several clubs and national teams, he has left a lasting impact on soccer. Learn more about his journey, accomplishments, and personal life.
Early Life and Nickname
Willard Katsande, often referred to as “Salt and Vinegar,” was born in Mutoko, Mashonaland East Province in 1986. His unique nickname is derived from the flavour of fried potato chips known as Salt and Vinegar, showcasing his distinct personality. Additionally, he goes by the alias “Kitoko Makasi Boss Ya Mboka.”
Willard Katsande’s football career began in lower division teams in Zimbabwe. He honed his skills with Frontier Steel (2002–2005), Feruka (2006–2007), and Highway (2007–2009) before catching the eye of Gunners F.C. in Harare, where he played during the 2009–10 season.
Joining Kaizer Chiefs
Katsande’s career took a significant turn when he joined Kaizer Chiefs on August 15, 2011. His talent was noticed by Kaizer Chiefs’ manager, Bobby Motaung, who spotted him during a game between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Katsande quickly made his mark with the club, making his debut in a derby MTN final against rivals Orlando Pirates. He replaced Tshabalala in the 81st minute, marking the start of his successful stint with Amakhosi.
One of Katsande’s standout moments with Kaizer Chiefs was his goal-scoring prowess. On March 15, 2014, in a thrilling Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, he netted his first goal for the club with a powerful header in the 61st minute. This goal secured a 1-0 victory for his team and solidified his place in the hearts of Kaizer Chiefs’ fans.
Yellow and Red Cards
Katsande’s tenacity on the field also came with a fair share of yellow and red cards. He received five yellow cards in his first 12 matches with Amakhosi, showcasing his commitment to the game. However, in 2013, he accumulated 10 yellow cards and one red card, reflecting both his aggressive style of play and the challenges he faced.
Personal Life – Wife
Off the field, Willard Katsande’s personal life has been marked by his relationships. He is currently married to Bonga Miya Katsande, and their love story was celebrated during a lavish Xhosa-themed cultural wedding ceremony in 2021. Prior to Bonga, Katsande was married to Memory Dowerowe, and despite having three children together, the couple secretly divorced in 2016.