Katsande reveals role in Billiat swoop
Posted: 17 July 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has admitted his role in luring countryman Khama Billiat to the club, and compares the talisman to the likes of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chiefs managed to snap up Billiat, who was reportedly on the verge of a move abroad, following the expiry of his contract at Mamelodi Sundowns last month.
The 27-year-old ended up snubbing offers from elsewhere, including a renewal at Sundowns, as he opted for what is believed to be a lucrative deal at Naturena.
However, it is thought that Zimbabwean compatriot Katsande also played an integral part in convincing the diminutive forward to come to Chiefs.
“I can say I helped the team get him,” confirmed Katsande. “But we know what kind of player Khama is. 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 team.
“He’s going to give the guys around him confidence to perform well.”
Above: Willard Katsande (left) and Khama Billiat on opposing sides during an Absa Premiership fixture in April 2017.
Katsande also offered more insight into how he sold the club to Billiat, basing his advice on his own experiences since his arrival at the side in 2011.
“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,” said Katsande.
“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’."