King Kaizer Motaung reflects on glamour boys' 50-year journey

Chairman Kaizer Motaung speaks at the Kaizer Chiefs 50th anniversary in Phefeni on January 07, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kaizer Chiefs is a professional South African football club that was established on the 7th of January in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung. The team is nicknamed Amakhosi and Phefeni Glamour Boys.
Chairman Kaizer Motaung speaks at the Kaizer Chiefs 50th anniversary in Phefeni on January 07, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kaizer Chiefs is a professional South African football club that was established on the 7th of January in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung. The team is nicknamed Amakhosi and Phefeni Glamour Boys.
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Kaizer Chiefs supremo reflects on the joys and pains of the 50-year journey of a club which grew from a garage to a phenomenon.

Happy golden jubilee King Kaizer. Tell us about the birth of this club?

The birth of Kaizer Chiefs came as a result of the fact that there were people who were homeless, so to speak.

And then, upon my arrival [from Atlanta Chiefs in the US, for a six to eight-week break], I made an effort to find out from the [Orlando] Pirates officials what could have happened and how we could resolve things.

At Pirates at the time, there was this division and emotions going around.

After a lengthy discussion, it looked like I was also being accused of siding with the affected people.

I said no; I'm not. I'm merely here to see if I can broker some kind of peace. But I soon realised I was not going to win. So then, during our discussions with people like Bra Lesley Sehume, a journalist, and some of his colleagues said, in the meantime, why don't you get these guys and organise a tour of the country while you're here.

And Kaizer Invitational XI was born?

Yes. Then this idea grew and then we said no; in fact maybe it's a good idea because now I'm not going to be accused of taking sides. With the help of Bra Les, we started organising the matches and the tours. And I must say Durban was our home away from home. So that's how the Kaizer XI started.


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