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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. They are one of the most supported clubs in the country, drawing an average home attendance of 14,873 in the 2018–2019 season, the highest in the league.[1]

Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs logo.svg
Full nameKaizer Chiefs Football Club
Nickname(s)Amakhosi which means "Lords" or "chiefs" in Zulu, and the "Phefeni Glamour Boys.
Short nameChiefs
Founded7 January 1970; 49 years ago (1970-01-07)
GroundFNB Stadium
Moses Mabhida Stadium
ChairmanKaizer Motaung
ManagerErnst Middendorp
LeagueABSA Premiership
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, Lucas Radebe and also Patrick Ntsoelengoe, Gary Bailey, "Shoes Mosheu", Shaun Bartlett, Steve Komphela, Siyabonga Nomvete and Doctor Khumalo.[citation needed]

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.

It is the most supported team in sub-Saharan Africa with a support base of over 16,000,000 fans and the only team with over 50 club trophies amongst the top 3 teams in South Africa.

Kaiser Chiefs, a British indie/britpop band, was named after the club because Lucas Radebe, a former player of Kaizer Chiefs, captained Leeds United, the team they all supported.[2]


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.[3]

Kaizer Chiefs are known as Amakhosi by its fans. Their headquarters is Kaizer Chiefs Village, in Naturena, six kilometres south of Johannesburg.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[3]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Kaizer Chiefs' forays into Africa were temporarily scuttled by a Confederation of African Football (CAF) ban.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

FNB Stadium/Soccer CityEdit

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.[14]

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.




Premier Soccer League

  • Champions (4)
2003–04, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2014–15

National Soccer League

Runners up(5): 1996-97,1997-98,1998-99,2000-01,2013-14


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


Cup competitionsEdit


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

Telkom Knockout

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

Nedbank Cup

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

Vodacom Challenge

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

Telkom Charity Cup

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

Cup Competitions (Unofficial)Edit

  • Sales House champ of champs
Winners 1984
  • 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

Carling Black Label Cup


Winners 2001


  • African Club of the Year: 1
  • Shell Helix Ultra Cup:1

Club recordsEdit

National Professional Soccer League (NPSL)Edit

National Soccer League (NSL)Edit

  • 1985 – 8th
  • 1986 – 4th
  • 1987 – 2nd
  • 1988 – 4th
  • 1989 – Champions
  • 1990 – 2nd
  • 1991 – Champions
  • 1992 – Champions
  • 1993 – 6th
  • 1994 – 5th
  • 1995 – 4th
  • 1996 – Champions (Due to transition from calendar season to July–June season, a half-season (single round-robin league) qualifying for the league cup was played)

Premier Soccer League (PSL)Edit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Brylon Petersen
2   DF Ramahlwe Mphahlele
3   DF Erick Mathoho
4   DF Daniel Cardoso
5   MF James Kotei
6   MF Kearyn Baccus
7   FW Lazarous Kambole
8   FW Leonardo Castro
9   FW Samir Nurković
10   MF Siphelele Ntshangase
11   FW Khama Billiat
12   MF George Maluleka
13   FW Bhongolwethu Jayiya
17   MF Kabelo Mahlasela
18   DF Kgotso Moleko
19   DF Happy Mashiane
20   DF Yagan Sasman
21   MF Lebogang Manyama
No. Position Player
22   DF Philani Zulu
23   MF Joseph Malongoane
24   DF Letlhogonolo Mirwa
25   FW Bernard Parker
26   DF Lorenzo Gordinho
28   FW Dumisani Zuma
30   DF Siyabonga Ngezana
31   MF Willard Katsande
32   GK Itumeleng Khune (captain)
34   GK Karabo Molefe
36   DF Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya
37   MF Nkosingiphile Ngcobo
39   DF Reeve Frosler
40   GK Daniel Akpeyi
44   GK Bruce Bvuma
45   DF Njabulo Blom
  FW Emmanuel Letlotlo
  FW Yusuf Bunting

Notable former playersEdit

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




On 29 October 2012, Kaizer Chiefs announced that they had registered a rugby sevens team to participate in the inaugural 7s Premier League.[18]


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