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Kaizer Chiefs looking to celebrate their 50th anniversary in style

Kaizer Chiefs hope to kick off the new year in a fashion that will put them on course to end a multi-season trophy drought in the year of their 50th anniversary.

Chiefs gave away thousands of tickets to their match against Highlands Park on 8 January, a fixture that takes place one day after the club turns 50-years-old.

Kaizer Chiefs turn 50

Amakhosi’s first match of the year away to Supersport United before playing host to their Soweto rivals in midweek.

“We’ve done something unique for Christmas by giving thousands of supporters a chance to be with us to celebrate Kaizer Chiefs’ 50th birthday at FNB Stadium on 8 January 2020 – a day after the club’s foundation,” a statement from Kaizer Chiefs Marketing Manager Jessica Motaung read.

“The gesture of giving away free tickets and absorbing all the costs comes courtesy of the board and the Chairman, who approved this initiative to ensure our supporters will be there with us.

“On behalf of the club, I wish all Amakhosi supporters and others a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s strive to live positively and improve the next person’s life and leave this world in a better state.”

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Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on 27 November 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

An end to the drought

2019 has seen Ernst Middendorp’s side transform from a team that finished outside of the top eight in the top-flight for the first time in their history, to title favourites.

Kaizer Chiefs head into 2020 seven points clear at the top of the table with Mamelodi Sundowns leading the chase.

“It has been a long year for many of us, with its ups and downs. Some gained and some lost – that’s just how things go in life and in football,” the Kaizer Chiefs year end message read.

“We are, however, grateful that we’ve made it this far. Many supporters travelled the length and breadth of the country following the team when we played in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Bethlehem as well as Gaborone in Botswana. This support is the reason the team is where it is today.

“We finished the last season in May in tears, but we are grateful that the first half of the 2019/20 season is looking the way it does in as far as the league goes.

“This truly augurs well for our big year ahead, when this iconic brand Kaizer Chiefs will be celebrating five decades of existence.”

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