Willard Katsande: Meet Innovative Zimbabwean Footballer with 2 Sucessful Businesses at 35

Willard Katsande: Meet Innovative Zimbabwean Footballer with 2 Sucessful Businesses at 35

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • While the twilight days of his football career, Willard Katsande has set himself up for the future with high-performing businesses
  • The Zimbabwe international has a well-established construction business that helps complement his football career
  • The defensive midfielder established the business back in 2017 and has never looked back since

There is no denying that football is a lucrative career and players who get to the top have a high likelihood of becoming extremely wealthy.

Willard Katsande
Willard Katsande ventured into the construction business back in 2017. Photo: Katsande.
Source: Instagram

But it is one of the shortest careers out here, and a player has 10-15 years to give his best before the body physically starts demanding a rest.

Zimbabwe international Willard Katsande knows this all too well and was quick to set himself up for the future early enough.

In 2017, Katsande looked to the future and, alongside his wife Bonga Miya, established a construction business dubbed Katsande Partners.

The midfielder, currently playing for Sekhukhune United, established his enterprise while playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

If his Instagram is anything to go by, Katsande has been spotted doing handy work from painting to lawns, an indication that he is skilled in more ways than the football pitch.

Aside from his construction company, Katsande also recently announced that he would be launching his own clothing brand.

According to the midfielder, his inspiration comes from the fact that he had it very difficult growing up.

“Mom usually woke up at 5AM. She didn’t have shoes, and she would go to the market to buy vegetables to resell. I did help when I was younger.” He said in a recent interview with Far Post.

According to the midfielder, the passing of his father prompted him to help his mother make ends meet, and that his how he eventually developed an enterprising mind.

“I’ve had to cut off many things in my life to build my legacy, my company. You won’t see me hanging around in the mall because I need to invest my time into my business," He went on.

He also disclosed that he has not had the luxury of enjoying his money from football because he decided to invest in his company.

Recently, Katsande’s business came to the aid of his rival on the pitch Lucky Lekgwathi , who owns the restaurant Grootman Restaurant in Soweto, South Africa.

His restaurant was recently vandalized and looted during unrest in the city in July 2021 and Katsande was on hand to help Lekgwathi’s business find its feet again.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.