Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has reflected on how the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted what was meant to have been a special moment in history for Amakhosi.
During their 50th anniversary, Amakhosi were determined to finally end their trophy drought and get their hands on the 2019/20 Premiership title. But with former coach Ernst Middendorp at the helm, Chiefs tripped and fell before reaching the finish line, allowing Mamelodi Sundowns to beat them to the biggest prize in South African football. Chiefs led the race for almost the entire season but could not finish off the job when it mattered most.
“Our 50th anniversary was meant to be a special moment in history, but as we all know our plans were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Motaung told the Amakhosi website.
“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.”
As they celebrate their 51st anniversary today, Amakhosi will be hoping they can end the trophy drought this season, but the start they have made in the league with head coach Gavin Hunt does not look too promising.
There’s still the Nedbank Cup coming up and reaching the CAF Champions League group stages will give them some hope that they can go further in the competition.
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