Kaizer Chiefs F.C.

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Kaizer Chiefs Football Club (often known as Chiefs) is a South African professional soccer club based in Naturena, Johannesburg South, that plays in the Premier Soccer League. The team is nicknamed AmaKhosi, which means "Lords" or "Chiefs" in Zulu, and the Phefeni Glamour Boys. Chiefs have won 13 league titles (four in the PSL era) and over 50 club trophies. As a result, they hold the most trophies amongst all clubs in South Africa and are the most successful team in South African football history since the start of the top flight in 1970. They are the most supported club in the country, drawing an average home attendance of 16,144 in the 2019–20 season, the highest in the league. The team plays its home matches at the 94,797 capacity FNB Stadium.[1]

Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs logo.svg
Full nameKaizer Chiefs Football Club
Nickname(s)Amakhosi; The Phefeni Boys; Abafana Bok'thula noxolo
Short nameChiefs
Founded7 January 1970; 52 years ago (1970-01-07)
StadiumFNB Stadium
Capacity94,797
ChairmanKaizer Motaung
LeagueDStv Premiership
2021–225th
Current season

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 Tovey and Lucas Radebe as well as Patrick Ntsoelengoe, Gary Bailey, John "Shoes" Moshoeu, Shaun Bartlett, Steve Komphela, Siyabonga Nomvete and Doctor Khumalo.

The Kaizer Chiefs were banned by the 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 competition.

It is the most supported team in sub-Saharan Africa. Kaizer chiefs had a support base of over 16,000,000 at the turn of the century. Today it is estimated at approximately 40,000,000 fans across Southern Africa. The majority of the fanbase being located in South Africa and neighbouring countries. In January 2020, Kaizer Chiefs celebrated their 50th anniversary.[2]

Kaiser Chiefs, the British indie rock/britpop band, was named after the club because Lucas Radebe, a former player of Kaizer Chiefs, captained Leeds United, the team that the band members all supported.[3]

HistoryEdit

Kaizer Chiefs were founded in 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.[4]

Kaizer Chiefs are known as "Amakhosi" by its fans, a Zulu word meaning "kings" or "chiefs". Their headquarters is Kaizer Chiefs Village, in Naturena, six kilometres south of Johannesburg.[4]

The 2001–02 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.[5] 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 Mafani, "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.[6]

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 2002 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.[4]

In the 2003–04 season Chiefs were given the Fair Play Award at the Peace Cup in South Korea. Chiefs ended the season as league champions, winning the PSL for the first time in their history.[7]

During the championship race of the 2004–05 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.[8]

Kaizer Chiefs' forays into Africa were temporarily scuttled by a Confederation of African Football (CAF) ban.[9] 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.[10]

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 2006–07 season.[citation needed]

Muhsin Ertuğral returned for the 2007–08 season to begin his second stint with Chiefs having already coached The Glamour Boys from 1999 until 2003.[11]

On 26 June 2021, the team secured their first ever CAF Champions League final appearance after defeating Wydad AC by a 1–0 aggregate.[12]

On 9 July 2021, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed through their Twitter account that they have signed 6 new players for next season as their long-awaited transfer ban ends.[13] On 17 July 2021, they lost 3–0 against Al Ahly in the Champions League Final.[14]

StadiumEdit

Amakhosi StadiumEdit

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 finalised 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.[15] 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 autumn 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.[16]

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.[17]

FNB Stadium/Soccer CityEdit

 
The completed Soccer City in 2014.

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.[18]

The Soweto DerbyEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

League (13)[19]Edit

Premier Soccer League(From 1996–97 to date)

National Soccer League (1985 to 1996)

National Professional Soccer League (1971 to 1984)

  • Champions (5) - record: 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984

Cups (41)Edit

Nedbank Cup (SAFA Cup)

  • Champions (13) - record: 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2012–13

Telkom Knockout (League Cup)

  • Champions (13) - record: 1983,1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010

MTN 8 (Top 8 Tournament)

  • Champions (15) - record: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2014

InternationalEdit

CAF Champions League

African Cup Winners' Cup

CAF Super Cup

Individual Awards

  • African Club of the Year 2001

FriendlyEdit

Vodacom Challenge

  • Winners (5) - record: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009

Telkom Charity Cup

  • Winners (11) - record: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2010

Carling Black Label Cup

Sales House Champ of Champs

  • Winners: 1984

Ohlsson's Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1987, 1989

Castle Challenge Cup

  • Winners: 1990, 1991

Stylo Cup

  • Winners: 1970

UCT Super Team Competition

  • Winners: 1972

Shell Helix Ultra Cup

  • Winners: 2019

Performance in CAF CompetitionsEdit

Kaizer Chiefs qualified to play for the 1997 African Cup Winners' Cup but unfortunately withdrew from the competition. The team made their first CAF Cup appearance in the year 2000 and only made it to the round of 16.They got this same result in the 2005 CAF Champions League and 2014 CAF Champions League. In the 2018 edition of the CAF Confederations Cup, Kaizer Chiefs reached the playoff round of 30 in which they got eliminated in. Kaizer Chiefs are the runner-ups of the 2020-21 CAF Champions League and the 2002 CAF Super Cup after being crowned the Champions of the 2001 African Cup Winners' Cup.

Competition Result Year
CAF champions League Round of 16 1993
Round of 16 2005
Round of 16 2014
Round of 32 2016
Runner-up 2020-21
CAF Super Cup Runner-up 2002
African Cup Winners' Cup Withdrew 1997
Champions 2001
Disqualified 2002
CAF Cup Round of 16 2000
CAF Confederations Cup Play-off Round 2014
Play-off round 2018

Kaizer Chiefs' appearances in African competitions

Club recordsEdit

Premier League eraEdit

season pos Record
P W D L GF GA GD PTS win%
1996–97 2nd 34 18 12 4 56 23 33 66 52.9 %
1997–98 2nd 34 17 12 5 52 35 17 63 50 %
1998–99 2nd 34 23 6 5 73 34 39 75 67.6 %
1999–2000 3rd 34 16 12 6 40 22 18 60 47 %
2000–01 2nd 34 16 12 6 41 25 16 60 47 %
2001–02 9th 34 12 13 9 38 33 5 49 35.29 %
2002–03 6th 30 14 8 8 42 26 16 50 46.7 %
2003–04 Winners¹ 30 18 9 3 39 11 28 63 60 %
2004–05 Winners² 30 17 11 2 55 26 29 62 56.6 %
2005–06 3rd 30 12 14 4 39 26 13 50 40 %
2006–07 9th 30 11 9 10 42 32 10 42 36.7 %
2007–08 6th 30 10 13 7 32 20 12 43 33.3 %
2008–09 3rd 30 15 5 10 37 32 5 50 50 %
2009–10 3rd 30 14 9 7 39 25 14 51 46.7 %
2010–11 3rd 30 17 8 5 45 23 22 59 56.7 %
2011–12 5th 30 14 8 8 35 23 12 50 46.7 %
2012–13 Winners³ 30 15 12 3 48 21 27 57 50 %
2013–14 2nd 30 19 6 5 43 17 26 63 63.3 %
2014–15 Winners⁴ 30 21 6 3 41 14 27 69 70 %
2015–16 5th 30 11 13 6 39 28 11 50 36.6 %
2016–17 4th 30 13 11 6 39 28 11 50 43.3 %
2017–18 3rd 30 12 12 6 27 22 5 48 40 %
2018–19 9th 30 9 12 9 33 29 4 39 30 %
2019–20 2nd 30 17 6 7 48 27 21 57 56.6 %
2020-21 8th 30 8 12 10 34 37 -3 36 26.6 %
2021-22 5th 30 13 8 9 34 26 8 47 43.3 %
Total 4 titles 804 382 259 163 1090 674 416 1405 48.52 %


PersonnelEdit

Club officialsEdit

Position Staff
Executive chairman   Kaizer Motaung
Football manager   Bobby Motaung
Marketing manager   Jessica Motaung
Chief Financial Officer   Ari Lambropoulos
Corporate Communications Manager   Alpheus 'Vina' Maphosa
Head of Digital   Kemiso Motaung

Senior team staffEdit

Position Staff
Sports Director   Kaizer Motaung Jnr
Head of Technical team   Molefi Ntseki
Head Coach   Arthur Zwane
Team manager   Gerald Sibeko
First Assistant Coach   Dillon Sheppard
Goalkeeper Coach   Tshemedi Molopo
Head of Sports Science   Jarred Marsh
Head Physiotherapist   David Milner
Senior Team Physiotherapist   Jose Cox
Masseur   Matthew Laubscher

Current playersEdit

As of 21 June 2022[20]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   RSA Brandon Peterson
3 DF   RSA Eric Mathoho
4 MF   RSA Zitha Nkwinika
5 MF   RSA Kamohelo Mahlatsi
6 MF   RSA Siyethemba Sithebe
8 MF   RSA Yusuf Maart
9 FW   RSA Ashley Du Preez
10 MF   RSA Keagan Dolly
11 FW   ZIM Khama Billiat
12 MF   RSA Nkosingiphile Ngcobo
14 FW   RSA Kgaogelo Sekgota
17 MF   RSA Cole Alexander
18 MF   RSA Dillion Solomons
19 MF   RSA Happy Mashiane
42 MF   RSA Mduduzi Shabalala
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   RSA Sifiso Hlanti
22 MF   RSA George Matlou
24 MF   RSA Phathutshedzo Nange
26 DF   RSA Sibusiso Mabiliso
27 DF   RSA Njabulo Ngcobo
29 DF   RSA Austin Dube
30 DF   RSA Siyabonga Ngezana
32 GK   RSA Itumeleng Khune (captain)
33 MF   RSA Sabelo Radebe
34 GK   RSA Karabo Molefe
39 DF   RSA Reeve Frosler
44 GK   RSA Bruce Bvuma
45 DF   RSA Njabulo Blom
46 MF   RSA Keletso Sifama
47 MF   RSA Lebohang Lesako

Notable former playersEdit

For all Kaizer Chiefs players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Kaizer Chiefs F.C. players

CoachesEdit

Sponsors and partnersEdit

RugbyEdit

On 29 October 2012, Kaizer Chiefs announced that they had registered a rugby sevens team to participate in the inaugural 7s Premier League.[22]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 1996 was a transitional league season held from the old calendar to the new calendar

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ "Vodacom Challenge results and line-ups". Vodacomchallenge.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
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  12. ^ Vardien, Tashreeq (26 June 2021). "Kaizer Chiefs advance to first-ever CAF Champions League final, will face Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly". News24. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  13. ^ Msane, Amanda (10 July 2021). "PSLKaizer Chiefs confirm 6 new players for next season". The Kosi Bay. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Egypt's Al Ahly beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 to win record tenth African crown". BBC Sport. 18 July 2021.
  15. ^ M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism (16 April 2010). "Playing the blame game". Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Independent Online (18 November 2010). "Chiefs and the Bucs great stadium heist".
  18. ^ "Soccer City". FIFA. Archived from the original on 17 June 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  19. ^ "Premier League Championship". Kaizer Chiefs. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  20. ^ "South Africa - Kaizer Chiefs FC - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com.
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