Kaizer Chiefs F.C.
|Full name||Kaizer Chiefs Football Club|
|Founded||7 January 1970|
|Ground||FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg|
|2016-17||ABSA Premiership, 1st|
Kaizer Chiefs Football Club is a South African football club based in Johannesburg that plays in the Premier Soccer League. The team is nicknamed Amakhosi, which means "lords" or "chiefs" in Zulu, and the "Phefeni Glamour Boys". They currently play most of their home matches at Soccer City in Nasrec, Soweto, which is commonly also referred to as the FNB Stadium. The club is arguably the most successful football club in South Africa. They are also the most supported club in the country, with over 20 million estimated supporters and it has supporters in neighbouring countries like Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, etc.
The team has a strong local rivalry with Orlando Pirates, a fellow Soweto team which Chiefs founder Kaizer Motaung played for in his early playing career. Famous players who donned the black and gold jersey in the past include former national team captains Neil "Mokoko" Tovey, Lucas "Rhoo" Radebe and also Patrick "Ace" Ntsoelengoe, Gary Richard Bailey, John "Shoes" Lesiba Moshoeu, Shaun Bartlett, Steve Kompela, Siyabonga Nomvete and Doctor "16V" Khumalo.
Chiefs were banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from competing in African club competitions until 2009 after their abrupt withdrawal from the 2005 CAF Confederation Cup. This was the second time in four years that Chiefs had been penalized by CAF for refusal to participate in a scheduled CAF competition.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadiums
- 3 The Soweto derby
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Club records
- 6 First team squad
- 7 Notable former players
- 8 Coaches
- 9 Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer
- 10 Rugby
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Kaizer Chiefs were founded on 7 January 1970 shortly after the return of Kaizer "Chincha Guluva" Motaung from the United States where he played as a striker for the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He combined his own first name with the Atlanta Chiefs to create the name of Kaizer Chiefs.
Several other people have played key roles in the formation and growth of Kaizer Chiefs, including the late Gilbert Sekgabi, Clarence Mlokoti, China Ngema,Ewert "The Lip" Nene and Rabelani Jan Mofokeng, he trailed and quit because of work.
Kaizer Chiefs are known as Amakhosi by its fans. Their headquarters is Kaizer Chiefs Village, in Naturena, six kilometres south of Johannesburg.
The 2001/2002 season was one of the Club’s most successful in their history as well as their most tragic. They won four major trophies in four months; the Vodacom Challenge, the BP Top Eight, the Coca-Cola Cup, and the African Cup Winners' Cup. At the time the team was said to have been a team that was on "Operation vat alles" by its then public relations officer Putco Mfani, "vat alles" being an Afrikaans statement meaning "take everything" in English. However, the highs of cup wins was contrasted by the lows of the Ellis Park Stadium disaster on 11 April 2001, in which 43 fans were crushed to death during the Soweto derby between Chiefs and their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.
By virtue of winning the African Cup Winners' Cup, Chiefs went on to play the 2001 CAF Champions League winners Al-Ahly of Egypt in the 2001 CAF Super Cup. In April 2002, Kaizer Chiefs' achievements during 2001 were recognized as they were chosen as the "CAF Club of the Year" by the Confederation of African Football.
During the championship race of the 2004/2005 soccer season, Chiefs overtook the season-long leaders (Orlando Pirates) in the last game of the season to defend its PSL championship. Under the leadership of Romanian coach Ted Dumitru, Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma had a record-breaking season scoring 39 goals in all competitions.
Kaizer Chiefs' forays into Africa were temporarily scuttled by a Confederation of African Football (CAF) ban. However, it still made its presence felt through the annual Vodacom Challenge that pit Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates with an invited European club. Chiefs have won the Vodacom Challenge Cup 5 times since its inception. They beat a young Manchester United side 4–3 on penalties in the 2006 Challenge to win the trophy.
In March 2007, coach Ernst Middendorp and the club parted company. The club instantly appointed their rival team Orlando Pirates' former coach Kosta Papić for the remainder of the 2006/7 season.
During the past years, the Amakhosi have used no less than nine stadiums in Johannesburg as their home-ground, and often rotated between several stadiums during the season. In August 2006, the club made a strategic decision to sign a "mutual interest agreement" with a stadium developer and the local municipality regarding the construction of a new permanent home venue for Kaizer Chiefs, at a total planned cost of R1.2 billion (£105m), which was to be partly owned by the club. This future home venue was named Amakhosi Stadium, and will be situated in Krugersdorp, roughly 40 km west of Johannesburg. Initially it was planned to open in December 2008, but according to the latest revised construction plan, it is now expected only to be finalized by August 2012. The planned stadium was redesigned into a cheaper project, with a new price tag at R700 million, and the capacity being reduced from 55,000 to 35,000 seats. As part of the new revised construction plan for the stadium, it was announced by Kaizer Chiefs, that they no longer plan to be one of the owners of the stadium, but remain ready to support the stadium as a long time committed tenant.
The new stadium was initially planned to be part of a greater sports precinct, into which the club would also move its entire "Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Programme". The Gauteng Provincial Government have agreed to develop the needed infrastructures around the stadium, in order to guarantee sufficient road and railway access for the huge crowd of spectators.
The stadium developers initially had set time lines for the Amakhosi stadium, to open its doors for the public in December 2008. As of July 2010, construction however had not yet started. Kaizer Chiefs announced in August 2010, that construction of Amakhosi Stadium was now expected only to start in fall 2010, and finalised by August 2012. It had been postponed several years, due to Kaizer Chiefs and its joint partners, facing difficulties to finance the construction. For the football seasons in 2010–12, the team instead planned to use Rand Stadium as their home venue.
Kaizer Chiefs however only played four of their 15 home games at Rand Stadium in 2010–11, due to some experienced capacity problems, with the transportation related infrastructures around the stadium -and a low spectator attendance. Instead the team during this season, played most of their home games, at the big FNB Stadium -Soccer City.
FNB Stadium/Soccer City
FNB Stadium is a stadium located in Johannesburg, with a capacity of 94,736 seats. It is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters (SAFA House), where both the FIFA offices and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is housed.
The Soweto derby
The Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is one of the most fiercely contested matches in world football, and in contrast to most of the other games played in the South African Premier Soccer League, matches between the two rivals always attract a large fanbase.
- Champions 2003–04, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2014–15
- Champions 1989, 1991, 1992
- NPSL: 5
- Champions 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984
- MTN 8: 15
- Winners 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2014
- Telkom Knockout: 13
- Winners 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010
- Nedbank Cup: 13
- Winners 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2013
- Ohlsson's Challenge Cup titles: 2
- Winners 1987, 1989
- Castle Challenge Cup: 2
- Winners 1990, 1991
- Stylo Cup: 1
- Winners 1970
- UCT Super Team Competition: 1
- Winners 1972
- Winners 2001
- African Club of the Year: 1
- Winners 2001
- Most appearances – Doctor Khumalo 497
- Most goals – Marks Maponyane 85
- Most capped player – Siphiwe Tshabalala 83
- Most appearances in a season – Neil Tovey 52 (1992)
- Most goals in a season (all competitions) – Collins Mbesuma – 35 2004/05 (Previous record Fani Madida 34 in 1991)
- Record win – 9–1 vs Manning Rangers (Coca-Cola Challenge – 23 March 1996)
- Record loss – 1–5 vs AmaZulu (League – 8/6/86), Orlando Pirates (League – 3/11/90)
Premier Soccer League record
- 1996/97 – 2nd
- 1997/98 – 2nd
- 1998/99 – 2nd
- 1999/00 – 3rd
- 2000/01 – 2nd
- 2001/02 – 9th
- 2002/03 – 6th
- 2003/04 – 1st
- 2004/05 – 1st
- 2005/06 – 3rd
- 2006/07 – 9th
- 2007/08 – 6th
- 2008/09 – 3rd
- 2009/10 – 3rd
- 2010/11 – 3rd
- 2011/12 – 5th
- 2012/13 – 1st
- 2013/14 – 2nd
- 2014/15 − 1st
- 2015/16 – 5th
- Executive chairman: Kaizer Motaung
- Football manager: Bobby Motaung
- Team manager: Gerald Sibeko
- Coach: Steve Komphela
- Assistant coaches: Doctor Khumalo & Arthur Zwane
- Goalkeeper coach: Rainer Dinkelacker &Brian Baloyi
First team squad
As of 24 July 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.
Notable former players
For all Kaizer Chiefs players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Kaizer Chiefs F.C. players
Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer
- "Interview: Kaiser Chiefs". Music OMH. April 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Kaizer Chiefs. "The birth of Kaizer Chiefs through the eyes of Kaizer Motaung". kaizerchiefs.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Kaizer Chiefs: Honours". Kaizer Chiefs. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Ellis Park soccer stampede kills 43". sahistory.org.za. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Chiefs win SA league". BBC Sport. 29 May 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Mbesuma tops in South Africa". BBC Sport. 26 May 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- "Kaizer Chiefs slapped with lengthy ban". mg.co.za. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Vodacom Challenge results and line-ups". Vodacomchallenge.com. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Ertuğral returns to Chiefs as coach". Sundayszaman.com. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (16 April 2010). "Playing the blame game".
- Independent Online (18 November 2010). "Chiefs and the Bucs great stadium heist".
- "Soccer City". FIFA. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
- Rothmans cup
- Gleeson, Mark (April 2012). "48 coaches in 41 years for Amakhosi". Sowtan. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Kaizer Chiefs get rugby team". Sport24. 29 Oct 2012. Retrieved 29 Oct 2012.