On turning 51, Kaizer Motaung, the founding father and Chairman of the Club expressed his deeply felt gratitude for reaching this milestone. “It is such a honour and privilege to witness how this Club has grown and developed over the last 51 years. Every anniversary is special, and we recognize it as yet another achievement. I wish to acknowledge those who have contributed to who we are today. So many people have been instrumental in creating this iconic brand. It is important to recognize the fact that without our backers, sponsors, and partners we would not have reached this stage in history. I would also like make a special dedication to our passionate and die-hard supporters who are the cornerstone of our success. Truly, we stand on the shoulders of giants and I would like to thank each supporter who has been our rock whether we win, lose or draw.”
Renowned for their pedigree, scooping trophies after trophies, luck has eluded the team in the past few years, “Our 50th anniversary was meant to be a special moment in history,” said Motaung, “but as we all know our plans were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We started brightly and focused our attention to lifting the Premiership until COVID-19 struck and halted our plans. We lost the title at the final hurdle of the league marathon. Be that as it may, we are entering this anniversary, with a renewed commitment to do our best. We still face difficulties and challenges given the continued pandemic, but we remain positive with the promise of hope as we seek out the opportunities to claw back what belongs to us.”
“Sadly, we have lost many friends due to COVID-19 and other illnesses. Indeed, we have just lost a legend in Ryder Mofokeng who will be buried this week,” laments Motaung. “Ryder and many other fallen heroes of the past have contributed immensely to our success – they leave a massive legacy and big boots to fill. We would not be here today without their commitment to this journey. I wish to send my heartfelt condolences once more to the Mofokeng family”.
“We are unable to celebrate in the usual way due to the pandemic,” said Motaung, “As we recognize this day, I appeal to all to continue following COVID-19 protocols and regulations so that we can fight the pandemic with the end goal of getting supporters back into stadiums as soon as possible.”
Happy birthday Amakhosi and may we see many, many more years to come.