Widely regarded as the biggest club in South Africa largely due to its enormous fan base, Kaizer Chiefs have a long road ahead to reclaim the glory days after a disastrous 2018-19 season.
Having finished ninth in the Premiership and thus missed out on the MTN8, Ernst Middendorp’s men also lost the Nedbank Cup final to unfancied TS Galaxy.
A handful of off-season signings helped to whet the appetite of Chiefs’ huge fanbase. Most notably, they acquired Zambia striker Lazarous Kambole. However, it remains to be seen whether or not he and the likes of James Kotei and Kearyn Baccus can live up to the standards set by Chiefs’ legends.
Ernst Middendorp is in his second spell as head coach of the club and faces a difficult test. At least there will be no shortage of backing for his side as they continue to draw sizeable crowds across the country.The running joke is that that there is no such thing as an away game for Kaizer Chiefs.
Kaizer Chiefs nicknames
Amakhosi, Phefeni Glamour Boys .
Kaizer Chiefs history
Kaizer Chiefs FC was officially founded in January 1970 by Kaizer Motaung, a former Orlando Pirates player. Little surprise, then, that Pirates remain Chiefs’ biggest rivals to this day.
Motaung founded the club following his return to South Africa from a stint in the USA with Atlanta Chiefs. He formed the Kaizer XI in 1969 due to infighting at Orlando Pirates After this team drew interest from spectators, Kaizer Chiefs was born and wasted no time soaring to the top of the league.
The Glamour Boys won their first title in 1974 and have since lifted the league trophy 11 more times. Their most recent title came in 2014-15 under the guidance of current Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.
Kaizer Motaung remains chairman of Kaizer Chiefs to this day and the club has also employed several family members. For example, daughter Jessica Motaung is the club’s marketing director and son Bobby Motaung is their football manager. In addition, Kaizer Motaung jr. played as a striker for the Glamour Boys.
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Kaizer Chiefs 2019-20 squad
Forwards: Bernard Parker, David Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurković, Khama Billiat, Emmanuel Letlotlo, Lazarus Kambole
Midfilders: Kearyn Baccus, Dumisani Zuma, Willard Katsande, Lebogang Manyama, George Maluleka, Kabelo Mahlasela, Siphelele Ntshangase, Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, James Kotei, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Andriamirado Andrianarimanana
Defenders: Eric Mathoho, Reeve Peter Frosler, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lorenzo Joao Gordinho, Daniel Cardoso, Philani Zulu, Kgotso Moleko, Mario Booysen, Siyabonga Ngezana, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Letlhogonolo Mirwa, Happy Mashiane, Njabulo Blom
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Daniel Akpeyi, Brylon Petersen, Bruce Bvuma
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