We were more than just a football team during the struggle: Motaung

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Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung says during the days of the struggle, they were more than just a footballing club, but also a vehicle to drive resistance against the apartheid government.

Motaung has been speaking during Chiefs’ 50th-anniversary celebrations held in Orlando West, Soweto.

Amakhosi were formed on the seventh of January 1970, by a group of players who had broken away from Orlando Pirates led by Motaung.

During the 70s South Africa had been banned from international football and Motaung says at the time they were playing their part in helping the communities where they came from.

Chiefs, arguably Southern Africa’s biggest club in terms of fan base is also the most successful football club dating back to the 1970s when it comes to trophies.

In front of Motaung’s home in Phefeni, there’s a football field where they used to train. He shared the importance of holding these celebrations at no.8414 Sentshoto Street.

The function which is still under way is being attended by former Chiefs players including founding members like John “Banks” Sethlodi, Vusi “Computer” Lamola including legends from different eras from the 70s until now. Motaung used this time to thank all the founding fathers of the club.

Chiefs has planned a series of events throughout this year to celebrate this 50th-anniversary milestone and some of these would also include some international exhibition matches including the legends and the current senior team.

Motaung says during this time all the club’s legends will get to tell the story of their association with Amakhosi.

Also in attendance at this function is the senior team led by head coach Ernst Middendorp, they play against Highlands Park in the Absa Premiership game tomorrow evening at FNB Stadium.

Motaung Senior has more on the importance of celebrating with their supporters by handing out free tickets.

Report by Velile Mnyandu