By Trevor Makonyonga
It seems playing in the CAF Champions League final was the last time Willard Katsande was to enter a field as a Kaizer Chiefs player as the midfielder has been released by the club.
Since moving from Ajax Capetown in 2011, Katsande made 326 appearances becoming the most capped foreign player for the South African club surpassing fellow countryman, Tinashe Nengomasha who played a game less.
Katsande took to social media to post a letter to the fans.
The 35-year-old said, “It is with a heavy heart that I must leave my beloved Kaizer Chiefs family. I am honored and eternally grateful to the Chairman of the club, Mr Kaizer Motaung for granting me the opportunity to represent this great institution over the past 10 years.”
He also thanked the Amakhosi fans who stood by the team in difficult times.
“To the peace-loving fans of Kaizer Chiefs, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your support and encouragement. You have constantly been the 12th man lifting our spirits, during the good times and difficult phases,” he said.
In the 2015/2016 season he won player of the season, players’ player of the season and fans’ player of the season honours during the Chiefs awards ceremony.
It remains to be seen what his future holds.