Baxter nearly ended Katsande's career at Chiefs

Katsande was signed from Ajax Cape Town three seasons ago, and Baxter admitted that he was never convinced that he can play for AmaKhosi due to his reckless challenges
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter revealed after his team's 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates at the weekend that he nearly released Willard Katsande on his arrival.
Katsande, one of the tough tacklers in the PSL at the moment, scored the winner in the Soweto Derby, and Baxter is pleased with his progress at the club.
"My first week in the club I watched Willard Katsande playing and I told Doctor (Khumalo) that I'm not sure if he can play for us, he's so reckless," Baxter told reporters.
"And I told him. I said, I love your physicality, but it has to be under control," he said.
Baxter admitted that Katsande's game is often not as clean as he would like, but added that perhaps Chiefs wouldn't have played the way the did against Pirates if he wasn't there.
"I think very often, as you guys know, it's not under control, but I think he's done a fantastic job, working on his game to bring that under control.
"And on the technical side. He's not a bad player, but I think his contribution (against Pirates) was immense especially in the second half. If we didn't have him, I think we would have had a different game. He had a good game and he was well worth (his prize as the) man of the match," added Baxter.

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