Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

OPINION: Kaizer Chiefs need new owners more than a new manager

Some thoughts.

Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs Naturena Village in all its glory. Image: Ernest Makhaya

Kaizer Chiefs will focus plenty of their attention this winter on finding a new manager, but more drastic changes are required.

Do Kaizer Chiefs need a new ownership structure?

Here’s the situation explained by Goal:

“In 2010, Chiefs founder and chairman Kaizer Motaung Snr. bought back the 40% stake he sold to Primedia back in 1999 and since then, Amakhosi sold 35% of their shares to Dr. Mike Nkuna, who was rumoured to be keen on acquiring more shares to become the majority shareholder. However, the medical doctor rebuffed those claims.”

Would a change in their ownership structure translate into a change in their fortunes on the pitch? There is the school of thought that a level of nepotism runs through the organisation with Kaizer Motaung’s children all holding powerful positions at the club. Could a reshuffle in that area bring in fresh ideas? Just a thought. Mr Motaung isn’t letting go any time soon, but he’s got to realise that big changes are needed because things aren’t working right now.

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Kaizer Motaung Jr, football director, and Bobby Motaung, football manager, at the FNB Stadium. Image: X

Khune is moving on

After almost two decades at the club, Itumeleng Khune’s Kaizer Chiefs story finally ends in 2024. Itumeleng Issac Khune was the rare honour of being a one-club man. Famous around the world for his sensational distribution of a football, he’s also displayed superb shot-stopping abilities for club and country down the years. Khune made his PSL debut for Amakhosi against Jomo Cosmos in August 2007. In the 16 years that have elapsed, he has scooped seven major honours with the Glamour Boys, including three DStv Premiership crowns in 2005, 2013 and 2015. This guy was also PSL Footballer of the Year in 2013. Say what you will, but Khune is a bona fide Amakhosi legend. The likes of Spiwe Given Msimango and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe are options to take the armband from Khune. Meanwhile, senior stars like Keagan Dolly and Edmilson Dove also face uncertain futures.

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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to be honoured. Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

How do you think the club’s board should be constructed?

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