A let­ter of ap­peal to Kaizer Mo­taung

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Dik­gomo Se­bata! Dik­gomo Hlalele. Na­mane e tshehla. Motho oa lebese la kgomo. Mo­taung oa ha Machela! Oa Nthethe’a Mo­rapeli! Oa Te­be­jane’a Mat­latsa, tlatsa Te­be­jane!

Petu la lekana mo­lala.

Batho ba ha Kome-Kome, Batho ha ba komet­soe, baa bo­laoa. Batho ba Mponye oa Le­horoana, Batho ba ma-Le­ha­hanyana-kopela! I greet you in this way that your clan, the Bataung, ven­er­ate the lion (tau), king of the jun­gle, so as to ap­peal to your heart as a fel­low African.

You and I have known each other for more than two decades now.

I hold you in very high re­gard be­cause of what you have done since leav­ing Or­lando Pi­rates in 1970 and form­ing what was first known as Kaizer’s XI, which mor­phed into what is known as Kaizer Chiefs to­day.

I guess you still have fond mem­o­ries of the day when your newly formed club beat Pi­rates and Moroka Swal­lows on the same day at South Africa’s then foot­ball mecca, Or­lando Sta­dium.

It marked one of those days that in­tro­duced Amakhosi not only as the new kid on the block, but also as a new gi­ant.

It was re­sults like these, and the many that fol­lowed, that led to foot­ball lovers re­fer­ring to your club as “Amakhosi Omh­laba”, which, loosely trans­lated, means “kings of the world”.

If one were to list the glo­ri­ous mo­ments and all the con­quests that were to fol­low in the next decades, it would fill vol­umes and vol­umes.

How­ever, I think even you will ad­mit that things are not so rosy at your club’s Na­turena head­quar­ters, known as Taung Vil­lage.

There was a huge out­cry at the end of last sea­son when your Phe­feni Glam­our Boys fin­ished their third sea­son with­out claim­ing any sil­ver­ware.

This was a first in the club’s 47year his­tory.

And, by the looks of things – if the re­sults so far this sea­son are any­thing to go by – the same might hap­pen this time around as well.

By now, it should be ob­vi­ous that the prob­lem is not the coaches. It seems to go much deeper than that.

As I re­cently pointed out, the fact that Bafana Bafana have gone through 22 coaches with very lit­tle suc­cess is proof that the prob­lem does not lie with the men­tors.

The same is hap­pen­ing at Na­turena. It can­not be that most of the coaches you have ap­pointed lately have all been bad. The de­ci­sion on Fri­day to fire Ital­ian coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas and his as­sis­tant Pa­trick Mabedi is just a quick fix so­lu­tion that can­not solve the big­ger prob­lem.

The rea­son for my ap­peal is that Chiefs, just like Pi­rates, is not just a foot­ball club. It is much, much more than that.

It is one of the lead­ing brands in South Africa.

How­ever, should things con­tinue as they are, this brand that you built over so many years and made so many sac­ri­fices for and that, at one stage, you even bonded your house as surety for, will be de­stroyed.

Hav­ing come from Pi­rates, you know how much is at stake when­ever the two clubs meet.

It has bro­ken my heart over these past few years to see Chiefs sup­port­ers troop out of the sta­dium with droop­ing shoul­ders and sad faces af­ter yet an­other de­feat in the Soweto derby. Some have even for­got­ten when it was that they last tasted vic­tory over their neme­sis.

But that is not my point. Chiefs have had many lows in the past, and ev­ery time that has hap­pened, you have man­aged to lift them up to where they be­long.

Even now that you are a se­nior ci­ti­zen of South African foot­ball, af­ter the re­cent cel­e­bra­tion of your 75th birth­day, I feel you can still do that.

You have not been known as a trig­ger-happy foot­ball boss.

I be­lieve that, deep down in your heart, you know there is a prob­lem at Chiefs. You also know the so­lu­tion.

Just show the same brav­ery you did when you led the break­away from the SA Na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Soc­cer League to form the Na­tional Soc­cer League in 1985.

Some­one re­cently com­mented that if the sta­tus quo per­sists, Chiefs might find them­selves go­ing the way of Moroka Swal­lows. Perish the thought!

Chiefs’ myr­iad sup­port­ers de­serve bet­ter.

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