Kaizer Motaung

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Kaizer Motaung
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-10-10) 10 October 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Orlando Pirates
1968–1971 Atlanta Chiefs 63 (32)
1974–1975 Denver Dynamos 35 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Kaizer Motaung (born 16 October 1944) is a former South African football (soccer) player and founder of Kaizer Chiefs FC, of which he is chairman and managing director. He is nicknamed "Chincha Guluva".

Early life[edit]

Born in the Orlando East section of Soweto, Motaung first played professional soccer at the age of 16, for the Orlando Pirates.

His entry into international soccer occurred in 1968, when Atlanta Chiefs Founder and Owner, Dick Cecil, and former West Ham United player Phil Woosnam, who was manager of the Atlanta Chiefs franchise in the then-recently formed North American Soccer League (NASL) recruited Motaung after team trials in Zambia.

NASL career[edit]

Despite struggling to come to terms with the weather and overcoming injury, Motaung made his North American debut for the Atlanta Chiefs as a substitute in a friendly game against Manchester City, scoring two goals in the process. He continued to play brilliantly for the rest of the season, scoring sixteen goals in fifteen matches, making him the top scorer in the league that season. As a result of this achievement, he was voted "Rookie of the Year" and gained a place on the NASL’s All Star Team. In 1975, he returned to the NASL to play two seasons with the Denver Dynamos.

Kaizer Chiefs[edit]

When Motaung returned to his home country in 1970, he decided to start his own professional soccer team. Motaung named his club "Kaizer Chiefs" after himself and his former NASL team.[1] Another South African, Jomo Fatty Sono, also a former player for Orlando Pirates, joined an NASL side New York Cosmos in the late 70s (1977). He returned to form his own professional soccer team which he named Jomo Cosmos after himself and his former NASL team, the New York Cosmos. Jomo Cosmos was however relegated in the 2011/12 edition of the South African Premier Soccer League.

Despite early setbacks and opposition, Motaung succeeded in assembling a good mix of veterans and talented rookies and the club soon became a force to be reckoned with. The Kaizer Chiefs soon had a large following.

Within a short time, the Kaizer Chiefs became the most successful team in South Africa, winning more than 78 trophies and gaining an estimated fourteen million supporters throughout the country. Indeed, it is often jokingly stated that Kaizer Chiefs do not really play any away matches, as their supporters always outnumber those of the home team.

One of Kaizer Chiefs' biggest achievements was winning the African Cup Winners' Cup in 2001.

Soccer administrator[edit]

Motaung has also been very active in South African soccer administration, having served on both the National Soccer League (NSL) and South African Football Association (SAFA) executives.

In addition, Motaung co-founded (with Orlando Pirates' Irvin Khoza) the South African Premier League (PSL) in 1996, which helped bring more sponsors and money into South African professional soccer.

Motaung currently still serves as a member of the PSL’s Board of Governors, while also still running Kaizer Chiefs and being on SAFA’s executive committee. He has also indicated that he would accept a position with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) or on world soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

Motaung was voted 73rd in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004. He also assisted South Africa's 2010 World Cup Bid Company and was a member of the delegation that went to the FIFA head office in Zurich to be declared the winning bid. Subsequently he was also appointed as a member of the local organising committee for the 2010 event. Also in 2004, Motaung was given the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award by Henley Management College, South Africa.

In February 2005 it was announced that Motaung would join the board of Primedia Limited as a non-executive director. Primedia is South Africa's largest private media holding company and owns 40% of Kaizer Chiefs. He has also served as a director on the boards of many other companies such as Royal Beechnut, Simba, New Age Beverages and Get Ahead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan, Brad (October 2008). "Kaizer Motaung: Mr Kaizer Chiefs". SouthAfrica.info.