Our lads return to prepare for the 2011/12 season after a lengthy period of rest. Before the break, the technical team had ensured that they stayed in good shape after handing personalized fitness programmes to follow.
I am happy that they seemed to have honoured the regiment and it will be just a matter of time before they fire in all cylinders. New signees and some youngsters from the development will also get a run during the first two weeks of training as we tighten all our screws to tackle the tough season ahead.
Interestingly and as common this time around, the continuing speculation around our player’s movement continues to make headlines. Some names have been punted whilst the truth is that our technical team will meet early to review the past season and present future plans during our pre-season sessions.
In days we shall host our annual Players Awards Ceremony to thank our football department, players and the technical team for representing us well in the past season. Many players will walk away with incentives that will hopefully encourage others to exert themselves more. After coming close to snatching the ABSA Premiership Cup, I am certain that this would by far remain the most targeted trophy in the season.
Let me therefore congratulate all winners and hope that they use the occasion to mirror their future and those of the newly signed players at Kaizer Chiefs.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BLACK LEOPARDS AND JOMO COSMOS
May I welcome Black Leopards Football club for returning to the Premiership League after a hard fought victory against Bay United in the playoffs. Together with Jomo Cosmos, they complete the number of teams in the league following the departure of Black Aces and Vasco Da Gama. I am certain they will pose a huge challenge to remain in the league throughout the season.
NATIONAL U/23 VICTORY
Our national U/23 did us proud by defeating Benin in the qualifier for the 2012 Olympics in London. Congratulations to the entire squad and the Shakes Mashaba led Technical Team, our road to the UK seems well on course regardless of the fact that we still have to overcome remaining opposition.
The victory over Benin was by far the sweetest revenge after they had threshed us by four goals in their home town. This time around we all went home smiling and could only look up to this squad to continue its journey to the finish.
NATIONAL NETBALL TEAM
May I also wish our Protea National Netball Team success at the World Championships in Singapore in July. I believe the fifteen players and five technical team members will do well against the likes of the tough Jamaica and Botswana to bring the trophy home. Let the nation rally behind them as well.
Kaizer Motaung (Mr.)