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Kaizer Motaung Jr has plenty to ponder. Image: © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

WOW: Motaung Jnr building his Kaizer Chiefs legacy ‘on a wetland’

One Kaizer Chiefs fan last season said Mr Motaung Jr is ‘building his legacy on a wetland’ as another campaign threatens to peter out in mediocrity.

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Kaizer Motaung Jr has plenty to ponder. Image: © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs suffered 12 league defeats last term, their worst-ever campaign on that front. They’re out of this season’s Carling Knockout Cup, Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates won the MTN8 and they’re already halfway to matching last season’s league defeat tally. Is it a Motaung curse?

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Some fans certainly think so. @TheeUltimateLee on X, last season it must be said, reckoned Bobby Motaung, Kaizer Motaung Jr, Jessica Motaung and co aren’t fit for the roles entrusted to them within the club. It’s a bold theory, but one worth considering. Has Mr Motaung Jr achieved the objectives laid down to him as the sporting director of Kaizer Chiefs football club? It’s doubtful. One fan even said he was ‘building his legacy on a wetland.’


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


Under Molefi Ntseki results were poor, the team didn’t really have a distinctive playing identity and then unfortunate incidences of fan violence aimed at the former Bafana boss made his position untenable. Chiefs fans also don’t need to be reminded that the club’s last taste of silverware was the 2014-15 DStv Premiership title. What exactly is the plan to put that right? There doesn’t seem to be one, in truth, while family members of Dr Motaung continue to enjoy comfortable roles within the framework of one of Africa’s most popular and profitable clubs.

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


‘Uncertain times’ became an overdone phrase during the pandemic but it’s pretty apt for Chiefs. In fact, the only certain thing at Naturena is consistent uncertainty, and that’s no good for supporters demanding results and a coherent plan. Cavin Johnson will take charge of the club on an interim basis until a long-term solution is sought, but can fans trust the board to make the correct appointment with the right motives? Chiefs make the short trip to Dobsonville on Sunday to square up with Moroka Swallows in the Soweto Derby. It’s a match they can ill afford to lose. Kickoff is at 15:30.

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