“It is one of the saddest days in South African football,” remembers Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung. “It is a fateful day where supporters lost their lives for the love of soccer and their favourite teams.”
43 people died in a stampede during the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played at Ellis Park on this day, 11 April in 2001.
“This is one event that always reminds us of who we are and how far we’ve come to be here,” comments Motaung. “Such events always refresh our humility before the Almighty, whose ever presence carries us through the good and the dark days. This indeed was one of the darkest days and we will never ever forget that.”
“I wish to once more pay homage to the families of the departed,” said Motaung. “As the souls of the departed Rest In Peace, we will always bear in mind that people have paid the ultimate price for the sake of soccer. On behalf of Kaizer Chiefs, I send my heartfelt Love and Peace to all concerned in remembrance of this day.”
The Technical Team and players held a moment of silence this morning after their training session.