Willard Katsande says coming from a poor background has inspired him to exploit his chances in life.

The 33-year old midfielder is one of the longest-serving players in the current Kaizer Chiefs squad and has been there for eight years.

Speaking about his lengthy stay at Chiefs, Katsande became a little emotional as he narrated how his humble beginning drove him to achieve more in his life.

“This is my eighth season here… I think my background drives me,” said Katsande according to The Citizen, a South African newspaper.

“I grew up under challenging circumstances. When I get a job, I always try to give my best so I can provide for my family.

“I don’t only provide for my family but my extended family as well.”

Katsande recalled the time he worked as a herd boy and how football changed his life.

“They always tell me ‘this is your job, so work hard at all times and keep your job safe’. Growing up, I used to work as a herd boy. I had to wake up at 2 am to work in the fields. Sometimes I laugh when people say ‘Katsande is hard worker’. I don’t really have to work hard because I am now doing something that I love,” he added.

The former Warriors captain burst into the scene at Gunners before moving to South Africa in 2010 to join Ajax Cape Town. He only spent one season at the Urban Warriors and signed for Chiefs where he is the current vice-captain.