Kaizer Chiefs at 50 and winning again

2020-Jan-13   08:13

Kaizer Chiefs at 50 and winning again
Kaizer Chiefs continued its winning streak on Sunday when it beat Cape Town City 3-0 at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
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- Silver Sibiya

Kaizer Chiefs continued its winning streak on Sunday when it beat Cape Town City 3-0 at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

This rounded off a week in which Chiefs celebrated its 50th anniversary with not just parties to mark half a century of existence, but also with victories in every game the team played. On Wednesday Chiefs beat Highlands Park 3-0 at the same stadium.

With a new 50th anniversary jersey and an already buoyed confidence, Kaizer Motaung's boys made it a week to remember, holding onto the top spot on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log.

The team was founded on 7 January 1970 by then prominent soccer player, Kaizer Motaung, at his family home in Sentsho Street in Soweto during the dark times of apartheid. It was initially called Kaizer XI.

They played numerous friendly games, fielding a fantastic team with players such as goalkeeper Vincent “Tantie”Julius, Jackie Masike, the speedy Herman Blaschke and three players expelled from Orlando Pirates - Thomas ‘Zero’Johnson, Ratha Mogoathleng and Edward ‘Msomi’ Khoza.

From then, the team rose through the ranks featuring some of the legends of the game to ever kick the ball.

The likes of Marks Maponyane, Teenage Dladla, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Doctor Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, Thabo Mooki, Jabu Pule Mahlangu and Frank Makua, among others.

They went on to dominate the local game winning fans, titles, and the rivalry with the parent club, Orlando Pirates.

In 1981 Chiefs made history by winning all trophies on offer: the Mainstay Cup (today’s Nedbank Cup), the BP Top 8, (MTN8) and the Sales House Champion of Champions.

The rise of teams like SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns has hindered Amakhosi’s dominance as the team now has competition when trying to attract top talent, unlike in the olden days.

The 50th anniversary seems to be coming with a fresh confidence for the team to redeem itself and win more

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