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Put Things Right

Dear Mr Motaung,

Put Things Right

I, like many others, am a life-long Kaizer Chiefs fan. When I started going to games, we were one of the most feared teams in South African, boasting superstars such as Doctor Khumalo, Shoes Moshoeu, Ace Khuse, Brian Baloyi, the list is endless. We were winning trophies at every turn. The fans were excited and looked forward to our games, at home or hundreds of kilometres away from home.

I have told my little brothers about all the cups finals we won, the league titles; the highs which so much outweigh the lows. After much coaxing and persuasion, my stories finally wore off on them, and like me, my dad and my grandad before that (they) became Kaizer Chiefs fans.

The last four years have been a heartache for us Kaizer Chiefs fans as the club has failed to win any meaningful piece of silverware. The recently concluded season has been a massive disappointment in itself, the less said about the Nedbank cup loss to semi-professionals the better. Kaizer Chiefa are now an ambitionless, struggling side, just ticking over, without ever making an effort to better themselves.

Mr Motaung, I know Kaizer Chiefs is a "family business" and my opinion as a fan may not be as important as I want it to be, but let me give my opinion of why things at the club are going south:

(1) your son Bobby Motaung meddles too much with the coach's work. Which is why Stuart Baxter left. If Bobby wants to be a coach, he should do his coaching badges.
(2) signing of free agents(90 percent of whom are past their sell by dates). The Bongani Ndululas, Edward Manqeles, Katlego Mphelas of this world were not going to help us win trophies.

The trend of singing discards from other teams is one of the main reasons why we have an average squad. We are "Kaizer Chiefs" by name, but the dominance we once exerted over our opponents is a thing of the past. Instead of teams being afraid to play us, they are now excited to face of with us as we have become somewhat of an easy scalp to claim.

Bobby Motaung in his capacity as the club's manager, must stop giving press conferences where he goes on emotional rants about heads that will supposedly "roll", playing to a national media that, on the whole, enjoys nothing more than reporting on and ridiculing the soap opera that is Kaizer Chiefs

Instead, Bobby must put his money where his mouth is and puts the millions that the club generates through sponsership deals to good use by buying players who are worthy of donning the gold and black.

Tshintsha Guluva, when you go to the shops but don't like what you find there, you can go and shop elsewhere. But for us, the fans, we don't have that choice. We can't "unsupport" Kaizer Chiefs no matter the circumstances. The club is like a wife that we can't divorce. We are bound to the club by forces that cannot be broken.

So hear our cry, and start taking measures that will return our beloved club to where it belongs, amongst the best clubs in Africa.

Failure to do something, could result in the anarchy that arose last year forcing Komphela to resign,but this time it would be ten-fold.

The fans are the life-blood of this football club. We don’t own it. We don’t buy players. We don’t seek sponsorhip deals. But we do keep it alive.

Without the fans, this club would be nothing. It would not exist. We have been taken for granted for too long. Your lack of communication with the us the fans about what is being done to rectify the problems at the club and failure to acknowledge our concerns is a dismissal of our importance to the club in your eyes.

But you should remember:

WE are the reason that the club makes so much money from shirt and other merchandise sales.

WE are the reason that you can rely on high ticket sales year upon year.

But be aware: WE are also the reason that the whole club could fall apart.

I realise that you are not likely to read this – or even know that this letter exists – but if, by chance, you do, I urge you to put things right.

To allow the club to stagnate and continue to slip into footballing irrelevance is an insult to the loyal fans and could prove to be too much for many.

K Duncan Moyo


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