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THE CHAIRMAN'S VIEWPOINT
   
I cannot fashion many words to describe how best the 2012/13 was, except to once more appreciate divine favour that simply fell on us.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Chairman's Viewpoint
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lest we forget

The forty two years of our local derby carries memories of excitement sadness and a display of sporting talent ever witnessed in South African football. For the many that have participated in various ways, the on-the-field battle results between two teams that carry a wealth of history by far surpasses any stored and preserved memory in comparison to others.

It is for such that playing heroes and villains are revered even long after resting their boots and wiping the sweat of drama off their brows. Whilst the derby continues to rule the local soccer scene and social calendar, it however remains susceptible to something more profound and indelible like a tragic loss of life before, during or after kickoff!

Today we remember one fateful eleventh day of April in 2001 when forty three passionate supporters lost their lives at the then Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Like a ton of bricks falling from a giant truck, the tragic drama on the north eastern side of the majestic Ellis Park Stadium punctuated the anticipated clash of titans shortly after kickoff and sent rippling shockwaves of despair that still linger in our thoughts to date.

Whilst we may all claim that we have moved on, the reality however negates such purely because of our humaneness that continues to love those we have grown to know and share different episodes of our lives. The saying “time heals” therefore remains a floating expression that may not qualify the extent at which we may wish to forget the effect of tragic moments in our lives.

That is all the more reason for us to pause momentarily from our routines and rather concede that it is necessary to continuously bow before GOD with humility and thank HIM for His abundant grace that hovers over our pain and guides our thoughts to be still in the midst of what only HE can design in our lives.

I believe HIS design in 2001 was that of interrupting our comfort so that we can return to HIM for healing. I also believe we have since grown to be more administratively astute from the lessons of the fateful date to even boast about successfully handling mega-populated events like the Fifa 2010 World Cup, and many others that ended without any tragic loss of life.

May I therefore join the millions of South Africans in commemorating the lives of those whose only hope was to be a part of an exciting on-the-field drama that has characterized and qualified the Kaizer Chiefs versus Orlando Pirates clash as a never-to-be-missed football legacy in our country.

May I direct our pain to a powerful GOD that designs both life and death in manner that only HE can and knows by seeking HIS love to wipe our tears this day.

May I on behalf of the Management, Players, Staff and Supporters of Kaizer Chiefs express my sympathies to affected families and relatives by presenting them in prayer of healing to the Almighty.

I pray that we forgive and bury our inclination to reopen old wounds by conceding that GOD acted out HIS dominant WILL over our lives and that HE may therefore WILL it in HIS heart to help us find peace and closure.

Kaizer Motaung (Mr.)

Executive Chairman

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11. March 4, 2013 We are turning the tide and I am happy. I must however admit that the road ahea
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33. August 3, 2012 After many years since the inaugural kickoff of the derby, the encounter has gro
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35. July 20, 2012 I am happy that we are participating in the Gauteng Cup to complete an eventful
36. July 20, 2012 I am happy that we are participating in the Gauteng Cup to complete an eventful
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38. July 12, 2012 I am happy that all the work that is currently underway to prepare the team for
39. July 5, 2012 Firstly, I would like to express my appreciation of all the support and messages
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56. March 9, 2012 There may be discerning views around coincidences but nothing explains how our p
57. March 2, 2012 Whilst we had expected our meeting with Wits at the Mbombela Stadium to turn in
58. February 25, 2012 The second match of our league reminded us of the importance of consistency part
59. February 17, 2012 Zambia did us proud by capturing the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 against the much
60. February 10, 2012 The Africa Cup of Nations has reached its finals and fulfilled my prediction of
61. February 3, 2012 The previous week’s column drew interesting responses; some quite insightful whi
62. January 27, 2012 The drama around player transfers continues throughout the league; a familiar oc
63. January 21, 2012 Our lads returned to a courageous welcome from a technical team that immediately
64. January 13, 2012 We are back at work after a restful festive season that I hope we all enjoyed. W
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66. December 15, 2011 This weekend we return to the FNB Stadium to face a daunting Free State Stars th
67. December 9, 2011 Our discipline of football with its ninety minutes of play that often slides int
68. December 3, 2011 With the league race becoming tighter as the number of matches decrease, a loss
69. November 25, 2011 The results of the recent league matches showed that the two week of rest brough
70. November 21, 2011 It is back to hard work after two weeks of inactivity in our league programme.
71. November 12, 2011 The long break has certainly given us enough time to regroup and evaluate events
72. November 4, 2011 In a game played under floodlights to escape a midday roasting sun in Polokwane,
73. October 28, 2011 I would like to once more express my deepest regrets over the statements that we
74. October 21, 2011 A win against Black Leopards came as a much needed moral booster after a tempora
75. October 14, 2011 This weekend we resume our league race with an away trip to Peter Mokaba Stadium
76. October 7, 2011 Since inception, the Macufe Cup is one event that Kaizer Chiefs has supported to
77. September 30, 2011 This week we stepped backwards by surrendering six possible points after sharing
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79. September 16, 2011 Just when a penalty shootout seemed the final decider after both teams had battl
80. September 9, 2011 This weekend we meet Orlando Pirates in another epic battle for the championship
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83. August 19, 2011 The first league games of the 2011/12 season have already given a glimpse of thi
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86. July 29, 2011 The 2011 Vodacom Challenge has come and gone and carried with it, its success an
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92. June 17, 2011 This weekend we take a memorable trip down thirty five years when young people t
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