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THE CHAIRMAN'S VIEWPOINT
   
I cannot fashion many words to describe how best the 2012/13 was, except to once more appreciate divine favour that simply fell on us.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Chairman's Viewpoint
Friday, June 07, 2013

A SEASON WORTH CELEBRATING

I cannot fashion many words to describe how best the 2012/13 was, except to once more appreciate divine favour that simply fell on us. Looking back at the many instances that made this season more memorable, I am awed by the manner in which we pursued and executed our objectives to the latter; a character that has defined the nature of our history of success since inception.

At the beginning of each season, we gather in our review and strategic planning workshops to map, plan and strategize our way forward in a process that ultimately determine our goals that are anchored by a specific theme.

This time around we expressed a wish to win the league and claim at least some of the cup competitions on offer. We also set to reach out to our supporters through activities that consolidated their presence and pulling power.

We subsequently embraced “Reclaiming the Glory” as an overarching theme for the 2012/13 season. Ensuing debates gave us more heartache with management arguing that the theme may pose a huge pressure on the Technical Team and the players at large. The Marketing and Supporters Departments on the other hand insisted that the theme carried a prophetic message that had credence to naturally motivate not only the team but the entire Kaizer Chiefs family that included supporters, business partners and officials.

With the theme ringing in our heads, we embarked on a serious challenge to first preview our Technical Team, and ultimately enlisted the services of Stuart Baxter as Head Coach and Doctor Khumalo as his Assistant in a move intended to reinforce our goals. On the player’s side, we went flat for Eric Mathoho, Morgan Gould, Matthews Rusike, Siboniso Gaxa, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Kingston Nkatha, Khotso Moleko, and Siyabonga Nkosi to add muscle into our arsenal. With injuries plaguing some of them, our acquisitions worked hard to internalise the weight of the Kaizer Chiefs jersey as we followed by knuckling down to pursuing our goals.

Gearing for the season, we hibernated at the Potchefstroom Campus of the University of North West where players and their Technical Team wasted no time in getting into the business of reclaiming the glory.

Testing the waters, the team started well by annexing the pre-season Gauteng Challenge Trophy but somewhat took a dip by losing to Orlando Pirates in the Carling Cup. We went on to lose a chance in the MTN8 trophy to Mamelodi Sundowns via an unpalatable score line of four goals. Tables however turned when we redeemed ourselves with a six goal rout of AmaZulu in the opener of the league programme and went on to revenge our loss to Sundowns with a league victory that ignited a dramatic journey into the 2012/13 season.

Except for an exit from the Telkom Knockout, we went on to a nine match trot without a loss until Platinum Stars took advantage of their backyard to hand us our first defeat in the first round of the league programme. Talking about the exit, one will recall that we were hard-done by unfairness in the scheduling of our match since six of our players had featured for national duty prior our match. Essentially, our players returned a day before the fixture to afford the Technical Team any comfort of preparing for the gruelling match. By the time we engaged Wits, it was quite obvious that odds were heavily piled against us.

This was the only spoil spot in a round that we completed ensconced on top of the log following a consistent and objective-fuelled run.

With the second round taking course, a lot of analysts wondered if our consistency in the league challenge would sustain particularly after a lengthy recess of the 2013 ORANGE AFCON CUP. With the NEDBANK CUP also forming part of the excitement, we were certainly psychologically stretched to draw into our reserves as a formidable team that had by now impressed all soccer fundi and supporters with six matches on the trot without a loss in start the second round.

By this time, scoring a double against Bloemfontein Celtic in both the league and Nedbank Cup almost predicted our final moments in the entire season when we annexed both trophies to indeed claim our glory for real.

Whereas it would have been gratifying to end the season with an emphatic bang, the loss to Ajax Cape Town and University of Pretoria in our penultimate stages almost pulled the rug under our feet. However, lifting the NEDBANK Trophy against Supersport United after they had held us to a draw in our league match completed a season that can best be described as “the one that mattered most”. You will also recall that our victory in the NEDBANK CUP was hard-earned following some controversial decisions on yellow cards and unwarranted added minutes that simply emerged from nowhere. Be that as it was, we came through to eventually lift the trophy.

I am stating such considering that it had taken us eight years of waiting for the league trophy to celebrate in a manner that was reminiscent of our erstwhile years when success and glory naturally followed us every season. When all was said and done, we definitely ended on a high to confirm that our choice of “reclaiming the glory” as our theme was indeed prophetic.

We indeed reclaimed our glory as evidenced by Itumeleng Khunes’ clean sweep of the PSL Players Awards and Coach Stuart Baxter’s annexure of the Coach of the Season Awards.

Our recent Players Awards Ceremony also ended a season in a tradition that brought excitement and fulfilment to all of us. Whilst it is proper to congratulate all players that walked away with prizes, it is equally important to encourage the entire team to push for more glory in the future.

With two trophies in the bag, the real work of defending our gains and possibly attracting others remains the challenge in the incumbent season. As for now, all players and the Technical Team are on recess whilst our administrative machinery is at work to again preview and map the way forward.

On the Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development side, we are hard at work to re-engineer this critical unit of our establishment. Construction is on course and hopefully all ducks will soon march in a row to complete our plans.

Our Supporters Store will be opened to help us maintain our relations whilst we are looking into creative ways of engaging through a series of outreach programmes.

With all this in the background, I cannot help but thank everyone that played a role in helping us negotiate the rigours of this season particularly in a manner as satisfying as this one.

BAFANA BAFANA

I would also like to wish our national team success in their remaining away matches. Recent reports and signs of unwelcoming reception point to the challenges that lie ahead as the route to Brazil becomes tedious. I believe we are professional and experienced enough to handle such unsettling pre-match treatment

CONDOLENCES

I am mourning the passing of Percy Sibiya, a friend and compatriot who shared the Kaizer Chiefs moments of pain and success. He was a good businessman who assisted our supporters and helped us sound relations with many of them through provisioning accommodation during derbies and cup competitions.

Kaizer Motaung (Mr)
Executive Director

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2. May 28, 2013 When the Marketing Department coined “Reclaiming the Glory” as our theme for the
3. May 17, 2013 Eight years is much too long to have waited for a chance to celebrate our winnin
4. May 11, 2013 From the very first whistle of our league programme, our journey in the 2012/13
5. April 27, 2013 We are now reaching the penultimate stages of our race of course with satisfacti
6. April 20, 2013 The clash against Celtic in the Nedbank Cup reminded us of the importance of con
7. April 12, 2013 We have always embraced the principle of one-game-at-a-time as central to our ap
8. March 28, 2013 The past weekend spotlight on football was on the road to Brazil where the Fifa
9. March 17, 2013 It may have been days since the final whistle, but the echoes of a completed der
10. March 8, 2013 There is no doubt that recent history of league matches of the two teams that wi
11. March 4, 2013 We are turning the tide and I am happy. I must however admit that the road ahea
12. February 15, 2013 The road to the finals of the Orange Afcon 2013 was not going to be an easy ride
13. February 9, 2013 The road to the finals of the Orange AFCON 2013 was not going to be an easy ride
14. January 31, 2013 The level of competition at the Orange Afcon 2013 is getting fierce as the tourn
15. January 25, 2013 torrential downpour during the opening ceremony of the Orange Afcon 2013 at the
16. January 18, 2013 With the hype around the Orange AFCON 2013 hogging all the lime light, I hope th
17. December 13, 2012 The first derby of the 2012/13 soccer season lived up to the expectations and fu
18. December 7, 2012 The win against Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane came jus
19. December 1, 2012 In every marathon, there is a likelihood that competing athletes may trip and fa
20. November 24, 2012 The midweek encounter against Moroka Swallows was expected to be tough as I had
21. November 16, 2012 We entered the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane with clear intentions of gaini
22. November 9, 2012 The Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane once more welcomed us to a resounding vict
23. November 2, 2012 In what looked like a clean sweep of three points against Maritzburg United in o
24. October 26, 2012 The outcome of our Telkom Knockout Cup against Bidvest Wits vindicated my appeal
25. October 19, 2012 Let me first thank you for messages of support as I celebrated another added yea
26. October 13, 2012 The windy coastal Port Elizabeth welcomed us to a warm reception when we engaged
27. September 22, 2012 Like I stated in my previous articles, the challenge to maintain consistency in
28. September 14, 2012 The break came just when we were getting into the rhythm of a new season followi
29. September 1, 2012 Were it not for the unfortunate incidences of missile throwing at Orlando Stadiu
30. August 24, 2012 Much to our delight, we did well to redeem ourselves against a team that scupper
31. August 17, 2012 We left for Moses Mabhida stadium against a sad background of losing to two of t
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33. August 3, 2012 After many years since the inaugural kickoff of the derby, the encounter has gro
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35. July 20, 2012 I am happy that we are participating in the Gauteng Cup to complete an eventful
36. July 20, 2012 I am happy that we are participating in the Gauteng Cup to complete an eventful
37. July 18, 2012 Whilst many may join in a cacophony of song to wish Madiba a happy birthday, I w
38. July 12, 2012 I am happy that all the work that is currently underway to prepare the team for
39. July 5, 2012 Firstly, I would like to express my appreciation of all the support and messages
40. June 22, 2012 We set Monday 25 June 2012 as the date when our players would report for duty af
41. June 15, 2012 We returned from Botswana a disappointed visitor after playing to a one all draw
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43. June 1, 2012 In preserving our tradition of football, we closed our season with a befitting P
44. May 24, 2012 Congratulations to Orlando Pirates for striking the end of the tape first after
45. May 21, 2012 We are grateful to have renewed our sponsorship deal with VODACOM after a length
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48. April 27, 2012 It never rains but pours, so the saying goes. This time the torrent is on us an
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51. April 11, 2012 The forty two years of our local derby carries memories of excitement sadness an
52. April 5, 2012 Any football critic will mention inconsistency as the biggest challenge to winni
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56. March 9, 2012 There may be discerning views around coincidences but nothing explains how our p
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58. February 25, 2012 The second match of our league reminded us of the importance of consistency part
59. February 17, 2012 Zambia did us proud by capturing the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 against the much
60. February 10, 2012 The Africa Cup of Nations has reached its finals and fulfilled my prediction of
61. February 3, 2012 The previous week’s column drew interesting responses; some quite insightful whi
62. January 27, 2012 The drama around player transfers continues throughout the league; a familiar oc
63. January 21, 2012 Our lads returned to a courageous welcome from a technical team that immediately
64. January 13, 2012 We are back at work after a restful festive season that I hope we all enjoyed. W
65. December 22, 2011 We returned from Durban clearly disappointed after failing to gain maximum point
66. December 15, 2011 This weekend we return to the FNB Stadium to face a daunting Free State Stars th
67. December 9, 2011 Our discipline of football with its ninety minutes of play that often slides int
68. December 3, 2011 With the league race becoming tighter as the number of matches decrease, a loss
69. November 25, 2011 The results of the recent league matches showed that the two week of rest brough
70. November 21, 2011 It is back to hard work after two weeks of inactivity in our league programme.
71. November 12, 2011 The long break has certainly given us enough time to regroup and evaluate events
72. November 4, 2011 In a game played under floodlights to escape a midday roasting sun in Polokwane,
73. October 28, 2011 I would like to once more express my deepest regrets over the statements that we
74. October 21, 2011 A win against Black Leopards came as a much needed moral booster after a tempora
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76. October 7, 2011 Since inception, the Macufe Cup is one event that Kaizer Chiefs has supported to
77. September 30, 2011 This week we stepped backwards by surrendering six possible points after sharing
78. September 23, 2011 Just when the derby was dismissed as too overbearing given the recent frequency
79. September 16, 2011 Just when a penalty shootout seemed the final decider after both teams had battl
80. September 9, 2011 This weekend we meet Orlando Pirates in another epic battle for the championship
81. September 2, 2011 Our win against Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates’ win against Mamelodi Sundown
82. August 26, 2011 As expected, the start of the season has seen intense and fierce competition wit
83. August 19, 2011 The first league games of the 2011/12 season have already given a glimpse of thi
84. August 12, 2011 Our victory against Bidvest Wits in the first round of the MTN 8 should not be t
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86. July 29, 2011 The 2011 Vodacom Challenge has come and gone and carried with it, its success an
87. July 22, 2011 The win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Vodacom challenge was a reflection on t
88. July 14, 2011 It is all systems go at the Vodacom Challenge 2011 when Tottenham Hotspur touche
89. July 8, 2011 The High Performance Centre in Tshwane has seen the best of our lads since the t
90. July 1, 2011 The football drought will soon be quenched as we begin another race for the ulti
91. June 24, 2011 Our lads return to prepare for the 2011/12 season after a lengthy period of rest
92. June 17, 2011 This weekend we take a memorable trip down thirty five years when young people t
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95. May 27, 2011 I could describe the dramatic end to the 2010/11 season of football as the best
96. May 20, 2011 With three teams contesting the championship of the 2010/11 ABSA Premiership, I
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99. April 29, 2011 To say we lost against Baroka FC in the Quarterfinals of the NEDBANK Cup will ce
100. April 22, 2011 There is no doubt that the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo has turned into our h
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