Kaizer Chiefs fans skip home matches ?

Kaizer Chiefs vs Polokwane City at a almost Empty FNB Stadium, 18 May 2024 Image via @KaizerChiefs on X

Kaizer Chiefs fans skip home matches why – Opinion

Kaizer Chiefs fans often don’t attend home matches, so in this opinion piece we delve into the implications and comparisons thereof.

Kaizer Chiefs fans skip home matches ?

Kaizer Chiefs vs Polokwane City at a almost Empty FNB Stadium, 18 May 2024 Image via @KaizerChiefs on X

Kaizer Chiefs fans often skip home matches but why? Chiefs, one of South Africa’s premier football clubs, faces a puzzling paradox. Despite their massive fanbase and storied history, their home matches often see dismal attendance. 

While global giants like Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Al Ahly thrive on unwavering fan support. Kaizer Chiefs struggle to fill their home stadium all the time. This article delves into the reasons behind the surprising lack of home support for Kaizer Chiefs. It also examines the implications for the club,its supporters and the new mentor

In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate the football scene. Over in England, Manchester United, despite a challenging season, remains the most supported team. Bayern Munich holds the crown in Germany.

Cross the Atlantic, and you’ll find Boca Juniors, River Plate, and Flamengo leading in South America. In Africa, Egypt’s Al Ahly and Tunisia’s Esperance top the charts.

The Common Trait: Unwavering Support

These clubs share one trait, unwavering support from their fans. Rain or shine, supporters fill the stands every weekend, creating sold-out spectacles.

Manchester United, during their last season, received immense praise for their loyal fanbase. Despite struggles, their fans backed the team both home and away, showcasing a deep-rooted support system.

South Africa’s Football Giants: Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates

In South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are the giants, commanding the largest fan bases. The Soweto derby, their clash, is the pinnacle of the PSL calendar and the best-attended game.

However, Kaizer Chiefs struggle to draw fans to their home matches unless they face Orlando Pirates. Outsiders might find it hard to believe that Chiefs are the best-supported club in the country.

Recent Embarrassment for Kaizer Chiefs

Last weekend, Kaizer Chiefs experienced embarrassment when only a few fans showed up to honour veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for his 25 years of service. The 90,000-seater FNB Stadium often showcases rows of empty orange seats. A poor advertisement for South African football.

Attendance figures remain a mystery as the PSL and clubs do not publicise them unless the game is a full house. In contrast, Orlando Pirates frequently draw larger crowds to their home games at Orlando Stadium. Their loyal supporters, known as “The Ghost,” stand by their team through thick and thin.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Vocal Support

Mamelodi Sundowns, though not as popular as the Soweto clubs, enjoy robust support at Loftus Versfeld or Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Despite low home game attendance, Kaizer Chiefs remain South Africa’s biggest club. Their fans often outnumber the opposition’s on the road, leading to some games being moved to larger venues. Yet, their home games, reminiscent of the Covid-19 lockdown era, display a starkly different picture.

Fan Protest and Club Response

About three years ago, Kaizer Chiefs fans marched to Naturena passionately. They then presented a memorandum demanding change after poor results. Club officials turned this protest into a PR opportunity, posing for photos with the disgruntled fans.

The lack of home support is striking. Fans don’t show up even to honour their legends. So, why should the club listen to their complaints?

If Chiefs consistently played to capacity crowds at home, their fans might wield more influence. Their concerns might be taken more seriously about who they want as their new coach.

There is also the economic aspect of it all that’s not always taking into consideration. As South Africans are faced with high umemployment and are drenched in poverty. Attending a game when their next meal is of greater importance.