Kazier Chiefs Dr Kaizer Motaung

Kazier Chiefs chairman Dr Kaizer Motaung was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame. Image source: (@KaizerChiefs/Twitter)

Why Kaizer Chiefs are becoming the Man United of South Africa

Kaizer Chiefs and Man United are giants of football but they have a few alarming things in common. Agree, Amakhosi fans?

Kazier Chiefs Dr Kaizer Motaung

Kazier Chiefs chairman Dr Kaizer Motaung was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame. Image source: (@KaizerChiefs/Twitter)

Kaizer Chiefs and Man United are both in a state of limbo. These giants of football have quite a lot in common, come to think of it.

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FIVE REASONS WHY KAIZER CHIEFS ARE THE MAN UNITED OF SOUTH AFRICA

KAIZER CHIEFS AND MAN UNITED ARE BOTH MASSIVE INSTITUTIONS

Go outside in any major city in the world and you’ll likely see a few people wearing Man United jerseys. 10% of the entire planet supports the Red Devils. Similarly, the streets of South Africa are littered with Amakhosi fans proudly wearing their black & gold merch. Their enormous followings are obvious for all to see. Who HASN’T heard of David Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson, Doctor Khumalo and Lucas Radebe?

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David Beckham Man United Kaizer Chiefs
In 1996, A 21-year-old player by the name of David Beckham made headlines on the first day of the Premier League season when he scored for Manchester United with a lob over Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan that was struck from the halfway line. Image: Twitter @UnitedInFocus

LONG TROPHY DROUGHTS

United’s last Premier League title win came back in 2012-13, while Chiefs’ last league title and most recent piece of silverware was the 2014-15 campaign. Trophy droughts aren’t acceptable for clubs of their stature, yet here we are. Manchester City continues to dominate English football and winning league titles looks far too easy for Mamelodi Sundowns, what happened to proper rivalries? Two clubs steeped in a rich history of success and silverware are now scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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Managerial uncertainty

Even though United boss Erik ten Hag steered his side to a win over Chelsea in their recent match, it was the bare minimum after a shocking display against Newcastle in the match before. There remains unrest over his position at the club. Over at Naturena, Cavin Johnson has taken charge on an interim basis but the identity of the club’s next permanent boss is anybody’s guess. Molefi Ntseki tried and failed in a dismal 114-day stint, and Arthur Zwane was never convincing. The board desperately needs to find a man whose stature and personality are fitting for the role.

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

MORE OF A BRAND THAN A FOOTBALL CLUB?

Nobody can deny the commercial value and gravitational pull of Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester United. The problem, however, is that they’ve become business entities primarily and the football is a bit of an afterthought. Can the top brass rectify that or is it a long-term problem with no end in sight? More questions than answers.

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Manchester United Marcus Rashford
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford escaped unhurt after being involved in a car crash following his participation in the win at Burnley. Image: @ManUtd/Twitter

Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester United will continue to thrive and attract adoration, hatred and shade in equal measure. Will they ever be as great as they once were, though?

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