Kaizer Chiefs

Brian Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs lifts trophy after the 2002 Telkom Charity Cup Final football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 27 July 2002 Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

What makes Kaizer Chiefs South Africa’s most decorated club

Kaizer Chiefs remain South Africa’s most decorated club despite a number of years in the shadow of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kaizer Chiefs

Brian Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs lifts trophy after the 2002 Telkom Charity Cup Final football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 27 July 2002 Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs remain South Africa’s most decorated club despite a number of years in the shadow of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns hold a big lead in terms of top-flight title wins the PSL-era and are a couple wins ahead in the overall league wins stakes but they aren’t really close to passing Chiefs overall trophy haul.

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Kaizer Chiefs are South Africa’s most decorated club

Kaizer Chiefs last lifted a trophy all the way back in 2015 which makes their silverware haul that much more impressive.

In the PSL era, Kaizer Chiefs have won the league title on four different occasions being crowned in the 2003/4, 2004/5, 2012/13, and 2014/15 seasons. During the National Soccer League era (from 1985 to 1996) Kaizer Chiefs were champions of the league on four more occasions.

They also hold four titles in the old National Professional Soccer League, but it is in the cup competitions that they have gathered the most silverware.

While Sundowns have continental success to brag about, Chiefs have achieved unprecedented levels of success in domestic cup competitions.

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Kaizer Chiefs have won South Africa’s top cup competition more times than anybody else.

Now called the Nedbank Cup the competition has been contested under six different names and Kaizer Chiefs have achieved wins under each banner.

Chiefs won the first two editions of the cup when it was known as the Life Challenge Cup, they were also champions in both seasons that it was known as the Benson and Hedges Trophy.

However, during the time of the Mainstay Cup the trophy was lifted five times with three coaches at the helm in Mario Tuani, Eliakim Khumalo and Ted Dumitru.

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Arthur Zwane of Kaizer Chiefs Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

They only won the Bob Save Super Bowl twice and won the tournament once under both the ABSA Cup umbrella and in its current guise as the Nedbank Cup.

Between 1982 and 2015 Kaizer Chiefs contested South Africa’s League Cup final 17 times winning the trophy on a record 13 occasions.

They won that tournament under each of its names except during the time it was known as the Coca-Cola Cup between 1992 and 1996 when their best effort was reaching the 1992 final only to lose to Amazulu.

Finally, Kaizer Chiefs also have a record number of Top 8 trophies in their massive cabinet having won the event 15 times between 1974 and 2014.

The club have also won numerous friendly cup trophies alongside their single continental success in the 2001 African Cup Winners’ Cup.

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