Stanton ‘Stiga’ Fredericks will always look fondly at his time at Kaizer Chiefs, winning numerous trophies during his three-season stint at the club.
While walking across the Village, he’s amazed to see the continued new developments happening at Chiefs’ accommodation.
“It shows the consistency,” Fredericks says. “Even 15 years after having played for Kaizer Chiefs, I still see growth and progress every time I visit Chiefs Village. The club doesn’t settle for mediocrity, it continuously strives for excellence.”
The dynamic midfielder joined Amakhosi from Wits University. He still remembers vividly the difference in support. “When we arrived as Kaizer Chiefs at airports in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth, there were about 2 000 to 3 000 supporters waiting for us, cheering us on. It was massive.”
“Without the supporters, Kaizer Chiefs wouldn’t be Kaizer Chiefs,” Fredericks explains. “They are so important to the team – they give the club an advantage, they are the 12th man.”
His official debut for Amakhosi came against his former side, Wits University, on 8 August 2001. Chiefs won 1-0. Fredericks went on to play 96 matches for the Glamour Boys, netting 13 goals in all competitions.
The highly skilful Fredericks won four cup trophies with Chiefs, the most important of which was probably the 2001 African Cup Winners’ Cup. Other trophies won were the BP Top 8 and Coca Cola Cup (both in the 2001-2002 season) and the 2003-2004 Coca Cola Cup.
He was also part of the team that won the league title in 2004, before leaving Chiefs to join Russia’s FC Moscow.
The now 41-year-old Fredericks retired from professional football in 2013. He has since gone on to become a well-respected soccer analyst with the DStv channel, SuperSport.
About what makes the Amakhosi tick, ‘Stiga’ comments: “Kaizer Chiefs’ is Love & Peace. The club is also known as the Glamour Boys. These two things already tell you a lot about the club. Also, Kaizer Chiefs were a movement, before it became a soccer team. It’s important to realise the role the club played in the anti-apartheid struggle. Kaizer Chiefs is so much more than just a football club.”